Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Man Will Stand Trial for 2014 West Side Killing

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Man Will Stand Trial for 2014 West Side Killing

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Ricky Steve "Gypsy" John will stand trial in May on first-degree murder and drug charges. John appeared in front of Kanawha Circuit Court Judge Carrie Webster on Friday for a plea hearing, but changed his mind and decided he wants to go to trial instead, his attorney Shawn Bayliss told the judge.

John, 41, is accused of killing Winston Thomas in December 2014 on Charleston's West Side. Thomas, 47, was shot to death in front of his home on Hunt Avenue.

Bayliss said he worked for months with prosecutors to negotiate a deal for John.

"We came close, he told Webster on Friday.

According to prosecutors, John and Tommissina Brooks, 29, went to Thomas' home to purchase marijuana.

Brooks went into the house first, assistant Kanawha prosecutor Maryclaire Akers said. John later knocked on the door, went inside and a fight started. …

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