CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police said a Charleston man threatened to kill a couple and their children before the adults could testify against his brother in an upcoming murder trial.
Tremain Deon Straughter, 32, of Charleston, was charged with stalking and intimidating a witness on Monday.
Police said Straughter parked outside of the couple's apartment on Midland Drive and yelled at them multiple times in June, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Straughter then posted a threat against the man on Facebook, police said.
The couple saw Straughter's brother, Tremale, shoot and kill Harold Donovan "Don Don" Taylor Jr., 29, on Feb. 14 in Rand, according to the complaint.
Tremale Straughter, 29, was indicted June 6 on a charge of first-degree murder.
On June 28, the woman in the complaint told Kanawha sheriff's deputies that Tremain Straughter threatened her and her husband in front of their three young children. Straughter allegedly said he would "do something if they didn't keep their mouths shut."
About two weeks later, Tremain Straughter came to the couple's apartment and kicked and punched their front door, according to the complaint.
According to the complaint, Straughter said, "[Y]ou guys are trying to lock my brother up for life that's why I'm going to put a bullet in both of your [expletive] heads and snap your kid's necks and hang them."