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Charges certified, dropped in Mr. Fuel shooting
Charges against the man accused of shooting a Good Samaritan four times during a botched robbery in Caroline County last month will be sent to a grand jury, but all charges against the accused getaway driver were dropped today.
Judge Frank L. Benser found probable cause that Warren Harold Brown of Richmond tried to rob the Mr. Fuel gas station on May 8 and shot a 61-year-old Maryland man that struck him on the head with a beer bottle.
Brown, 31, is charged with attempted capital murder, aggravated malicious wounding, attempted robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Benser certified the charges following a preliminary hearing today in Caroline General District Court. A grand jury will meet on July 7.
Commonwealth Attorney Tony Spencer dropped those same charges against Winston Sylvester Oliver II, 32, of Richmond.
“But he won’t be going home,” Spencer said. “He will be re-arrested.”
Spencer said Oliver will be charged in connection to a November 2007 robbery of the Econo Lodge in Ruther Glen and two home burglaries that happened in Caroline in 2008.
According to testimony by Investigator M. M. Ellett of the Caroline Sheriff’s Office, Brown told him during a police interview that he was having money problems and that it was Oliver’s idea to rob the gas station.
Ellett testified that Brown told him that he had fallen asleep while riding in Oliver’s blue Ford Explorer and when he woke up, they were in the parking lot of the Howard Johnson motel near the Mr. Fuel station. He said Oliver handed him a gun and told him to rob the gas station because he used to work there and he knew they didn’t have cameras.
Ellett said that Brown said he didn’t want to do it because he “didn’t want to be on the late night news.”
Brown told Ellett that he didn’t plan on shooting the cashier, he just wanted to scare her into giving him the money. He also told Ellett that he wanted Theodore Edmond, the man who was shot four times, to know that he was “deeply, deeply sorry.”
Edmond, who did not attend the hearing, was shot in the head, shoulder, and the groin and butt area. He spoke to The Free Lance-Star by phone, and said he does not accept the apology.
“I don’t believe he’s sorry. He’s only sorry because he got caught,” Edmond said. “You don’t just shoot somebody four times and then say you are sorry.
“I’ve learned my lesson and I don’t buy in to that turn the other cheek rule,” he said. “I’m not going to give him another cheek to shoot, he already shot me in one.”
Spencer also showed the surveillance video of the robbery, which has received national attention.
The cashier, only known as Sharon, broke out into tears in the courtroom today as the video showed a gunman pointing the weapon in her face and shooting at her feet two times. She declined to comment.
Edmond was released from Mary Washington Hospital the next day and has recovered from his injuries.