HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A Barboursville has been indicted for the fatal shootings of two men outside his home in Barboursville in January.
Rodney Bruce Black, 62, of Barboursville, is charged with two counts of 1st degree murder.
Prosecutors say Black shot and killed Garrick Hopkins, 60, of Milton, and his brother, Carl Hopkins Jr., 61, of Oak Hill, W.Va.
The shooting happened outside Black’s home at 12 Lane Drive on January 25.
According to the criminal complaint, Black told detectives in his statement that he saw two men “shaking the door on his tool shed in his backyard.” He said he then got his gun and shot both men.
Black also told deputies in his statement that the “did not warn them nor did he call 911 when saw them.”
Sheriff Tom McComas said that Garrick Hopkins recently purchased the lot adjacent to #12 Lane Drive and that Garrick took his brother to the property to show him where he and his family were planning to build their new home in the coming weeks.
The Sheriff says the outbuilding in question was on Hopkins' property and contained no belongings of Mr. Black.
Last month the Cabell County Prosecutor’s Office and the Public Defender’s Office released a joint statement indicating the shooting was not race related.
“First, we would like to express our condolences to the family of Garrick and Carl Hopkins on the tragic loss of their loved ones. Earlier today counsel for Mr. Black waived his felony preliminary hearing on two murder charges, in exchange for an open file agreement on the ongoing investigation in this case. A thorough investigation of this case has been done by both sides and there is no indication thus far of race being a factor in the deaths of Garrick and Carl Hopkins."
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