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Man pleads to manslaughter charge in 2011 shooting

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man admitted Wednesday that he shot another man to death on the West Side last year.

Donald Troy "Bub" Raines II, 37, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Jerry Baldwin, 35.

Raines said that in the early morning hours of Nov. 15, Baldwin came to his house on 414 Mary St. and threatened him. The dispute apparently was over a woman, who also was there at the time.

Raines said Baldwin jumped out of his car and threatened to kill him. Raines said he fired a warning shot from his 9mm handgun, but took aim after Baldwin continued to approach.

Assistant Kanawha County prosecutor Dan Holstein said Wednesday that evidence in the case would have shown that Raines started the altercation and went inside his house to retrieve the weapon.

Both men were yelling and screaming at each other when Raines decided to open fire, the prosecutor said.

Baldwin suffered at least four gunshot wounds. He bled to death at the scene, Holstein said.

Raines' lawyer, Richard Holicker, said the two parties do not dispute the basic details of the shooting, and that Raines likely would have argued during trial that he acted in self-defense.

Holstein said Baldwin's family members largely disagree with the charge and the plea agreement.

Raines faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced in November.

Reach Zac Taylor at Zachary.Taylor@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5189.


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