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Woman Shot During Boyfriend's Murder Testifies At Suspect's Hearing
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
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Reported: Sep. 21, 2012 9:30 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 21, 2012 10:15 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A man accused of murder who eluded police for days after the crime went before a judge Friday afternoon.
Roy Chambliss, 40, was shot to death in his Piccadilly Street home on September 10th. His girlfriend, Natalie Sprouse, was also shot but lived to tell her story.
During Jarod Washington's preliminary hearing, she took the stand, helping prosecutors nail down their case against him.
Washington opted to have a preliminary hearing even after his co-defendant, Daniel Little, waived his murder charge over to the grand jury earlier this week.
The duo is accused of murdering Chambliss, also known as "P."
"Do you remember how many times he shot him?" asked Kanawha County assistant prosecutor Chuck Miller.
"About two, two or three. Both of the guns were going off," Sprouse recalled.
Sprouse is still recovering after being shot in the arm. She says the argument started after Chambliss refused to buy guns from Washington and Little, apparently because he was trying to stay out of trouble.
"He said I'm a convicted felon, what the hell will I look like with a gun?" Sprouse testified.
Sprouse says Washington went to the bathroom and then came out with a semi-automatic gun demanding all of their money. She says the pair ordered her, Chambliss, and their roommate John Endicott into a bedroom and made them open a safe, but then a fight broke out. Chambliss was shot dead, and Sprouse was shot in the arm.
"When I picked up the gun after he shot me, I picked it up again and started shooting at him," Sprouse said. "They ran."
It was an attempt to flee that didn't go far. Little was arrested later that night and Washington apparently hid out at an East End apartment for several days.
Police surrounded the apartment the following Friday, acting on a tip he was inside, but Washington was arrested on his way to Beckley.
Magistrate Pete Lopez found probable cause to send Washington's case to a grand jury.
Both suspects are being held without bond.
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