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Plants agrees to recuse himself from South Hills shooting case

By From staff reports

Kanawha Prosecutor Mark Plants filed a motion Thursday to recuse himself and his office from the case of a local attorney accused of a shooting rampage in a South Hills neighborhood.

Trent Redman, defense attorney for Mark Bramble, filed a motion in Kanawha Circuit Court Tuesday, asking for a special prosecutor to replace Plants.

Bramble held a large assembly of law enforcement officers at bay at his Sherwood Forest home as he shot randomly from multiple weapons the morning of Aug. 12. Plants was one of those neighbors who was told to remain inside his home.

"I was home at the time, my children were home," Plants told the Daily Mail on Wednesday. "Law enforcement officers knocked on my door and my son answered.

"They said, 'are your parents home?' and I see Eric Smith, a person I know. He said get your kids out of the windows, someone is shooting down the street."

Plants and his family moved to a room in their house that is behind a hillside, and they heard shots during the standoff.

"I was not scared for our safety," he said. "We were within range of a stray shot, but I can't honestly say we were in fear. But we couldn't leave our house."

The Kanawha Prosecutor's office said on Twitter Thursday that Plants' motion was filed in accordance with the law to avoid allegations of misconduct and the appearance of impropriety.

"Recusal will eliminate a likely issue in the event of an appeal," the office said. A special prosecutor will be called in to handle the case.


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