Killed – David Bailey (Princeton, WV)

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A bar fight turned deadly early Sunday morning on Courthouse Road.

Mercer County Sheriff’s Department Det. Cpl. L.B. Murphy reported that one man died in a dispute in the parking lot of Club Maximus, just outside Princeton city limit.

Morrisettie Legget, 32, of Bluefield, has been arrested on charges of first-degree murder in the incident.

Murphy said MCSD’s Deputies G.C. Paitsel and C.K. Lester received a report of a shooting at approximately 3:30 a.m., sending the officers to the scene outside Club Maximus. The officers found the victim lying in the parking lot near the nightclub, with several bystanders attempting to render first aid.

PRINCETON — Sobs tore through David Bailey’s family members as the jury declared his shooter not guilty of murder or manslaughter.

The verdict arrived at approximately 6:30 p.m. Thursday, after three intense days of jury selection, testimony and arguments.

When the decision arrived, Circuit Judge Derek Swope had a full array of Mercer County Sheriff’s deputies on hand to help keep passions calm on both sides of the case.

Two days into the trial involving a 2013 Princeton murder, the defense worked Wednesday to paint Morrisettie Leggett, 33, of Bluefield, as a model citizen, a caring father and a good little league football coach. Attorneys David Kelley and John “Jay” Williams argued Leggett fired five .38-caliber revolver rounds in David Bailey’s direction out of a legitimate fear for his life.

Meanwhile, Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash emphasized that Bailey, although intoxicated and looking for a fistfight outside Club Maximus Dec. 8, 2013, was unarmed and approximately 75 pounds lighter than the man standing trial for his fatal shooting.


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