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Charleston police issue warrant in fatal October shooting

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police are looking to arrest a Charleston man in connection with a fatal shooting on the East End last month.

Charleston Police Sgt. Eric Hodges said a first-degree murder charge has been filed for Richard Bernard Hilliard, 24, of Kanawha County.

Hilliard allegedly shot David Juaboi Booker, 26, in the 1200 block of Milton Street on Oct. 11, Hodges said.

Detectives have been looking for Hilliard since probable cause was found last week connecting him to the slaying, Hodges said.

He said detectives are having trouble pinning down an address for Hilliard, who is known to have lived in Charleston, South Charleston and Rand.

"That's why we just put him down as a Kanawha County man because we don't know where he's laying his head," Hodges said.

Anyone who knows of Hilliard's whereabouts is asked to call Charleston Police Department's Criminal Investigating Division at 304-348-6480.

Hilliard is described as a black male with black hair and brown eyes. He stands about 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds, Hodges said.

At about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 11, two people walking along Milton Street spotted Booker lying on the side of the road, said Charleston Police Sgt. Bobby Eggleton.

Booker, who lived in the 1500 block of Dixie Street, had a criminal record and had been involved in the drug trade, Eggleton said.

In March 2004, he was indicted on first-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting of Donald Williams, 37, in Charleston. Booker was 17 at the time, but the case was moved to adult status.

He eventually pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and spent about four years incarcerated for that charge.

In September 2010, Booker was charged with involuntary manslaughter after he got into a fight with Omar Lorenzo Thompson, 27, of Beckley, in Charleston.

He allegedly punched Thompson once in the back of the head, knocking him to the ground. Thompson was later pronounced dead at CAMC General Hospital from injuries when he hit his head on a corner of a concrete sidewalk, according to Gazette reports.

He spent one year in prison, the maximum for that charge, according to records in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Booker's death is Charleston's fifth homicide so far this year.

Reach Travis Crum at travis.crum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.


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