06-16-2016, 01:55 AM #1
WV - Willie, 53, & Travis Bartley, 24, & Jack Douglas, slain, Morgan Co., 13 Jun 2016
Erick Shute was trying to free himself from government and live a more secluded life when he moved from New Jersey to Great Cacapon, West Virginia two years ago. His new home on the side of a mountain had only dirt roads to reach it and few neighbors to deal with.
Problems with one of those few neighbors, however, ended up leading to the death of three people and Shute running from police, according to authorities.
Shute, a Pennsville native, is accused of ambushing Jack Douglas, Travis Bartley and Willie Bartley, along with an unidentified fourth man Monday afternoon. He allegedly hid behind a tree and shot the three with a rifle after an argument over firewood near his property on Gamble Lane, police said. The fourth man was able to escape and call 911, prompting an eight-hour, four-state manhunt that ended in Pennsylvania.
Erick Shute, the suspect in triple homicide Monday in Morgan County, formerly lived in New Jersey with his mother and had caused concern in the community there in recent years.
Pennsville Police Chief Allen Cummings said Shute was involved in the anti-government sovereign-citizen movement. Sovereign citizens are people who reject their U.S. citizenship and don't recognize laws, taxes and other types of government authority.
06-25-2016, 06:13 PM #2
Man charged in three Morgan County killings held without bond
A man charged with three counts of murder in connection with the June 13 shooting of three men in Morgan County was being held without bond in Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday.
Erick David Shute, 32, of Great Cacapon, W.Va., was arraigned about 4:45 p.m. Monday on three counts of murder, according to court documents.
Shute's arraignment came after he was returned to West Virginia Monday from Chester County, Pa., where he was arrested in connection with the deaths of Jack Douglas of Great Cacapon and Hedgesville, W.Va., residents Travis Bartley and Willie Bartley.
He also was charged in 2011 with aggravated assault of a police officer, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.
During the eight-hour manhunt before Shute was captured, Pennsville police moved two judges, including the judge who oversaw the police-assault case, into hotels because Shute had previously threatened them, Pennsville Police Chief Allen Cummings told the AP.
Cummings said some officers had their wives stay with relatives during the manhunt because Shute knew where many of them lived in the small town.
A preliminary hearing for a man charged with three counts of murder in connection with last week's shooting of three men in Morgan County has been set for July 25, according to court records.
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06-25-2016, 06:20 PM #3
Pyrexia Vocalist Eric Shute Arrested for Allegedly Murdering Three People in West Virginia
The vocalist for long-running NYC death metal band Pyrexia, Erick Shute, was arrested early this morning for the alleged murder of three people in Morgan County, West Virginia.
As of press time, Shute is still listed as a current member on Pyrexia's Encyclopedia Metallum page, though Decibel is referring to him as the "ex-vocalist;" whether or not he was in the band prior to his capture, one assumes that he'll be out of commission and out of the public eye for the foreseeable future.
06-25-2016, 06:31 PM #4
This guy doesn't look dangerous IMO. Looks really can be deceiving. Thank heavens he's behind bars and the people can go home without fear.
06-26-2016, 11:14 AM #5
Sovereign Citizens Movement
The strange subculture of the sovereign citizens movement, whose adherents hold truly bizarre, complex antigovernment beliefs, has been growing at a fast pace since the late 2000s. Sovereigns believe that they get to decide which laws to obey and which to ignore, and they don't think they should have to pay taxes.The contemporary sovereign belief system is based on a decades-old conspiracy theory. At some point in history, sovereigns believe, the American government set up by the founding fathers — with a legal system the sovereigns refer to as "common law" — was secretly replaced by a new government system based on admiralty law, the law of the sea and international commerce. Under common law, or so they believe, the sovereigns would be free men. Under admiralty law, they are slaves, and secret government forces have a vested interest in keeping them that way. Some sovereigns believe this perfidious change occurred during the Civil War, while others blame the events of 1933, when the U.S. abandoned the gold standard. Either way, they stake their lives and livelihoods on the idea that judges around the country know all about this hidden government takeover but are denying the sovereigns' motions and filings out of treasonous loyalty to hidden and malevolent government forces.
06-26-2016, 11:18 AM #6
An antigovernment "sovereign citizen" in connection with a triple murder in West Virginia.
An AR-15 assault rifle was used to commit the killings, authorities said.
After the shootings, Shute claimed on Facebook that the men stole from him and threatened him, and that he acted in self-defense, according to media reports.
Shute has been involved in antigovernment activities since at least 2009 when he was at the center of a controversy for hanging an American flag upside down outside his New Jersey home, drawing the wrath of local veterans. He told reporters then that the flag was a symbol that the United States was under distress under the “corrupt policies” of President Obama.
In 2011, Shute was he was indicted by a New Jersey grand jury on charges of attacking a police officer and resisting arrest.
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10-01-2016, 12:36 AM #7
Ex-N.J. man who allegedly killed 3 men in self-defense tells his story from jail
Days before Shute allegedly shot and killed three men in what be claims was self-defense, he believes his brake lines were cut by them and they had stolen nearly $20,000 in property from his land.
When he attempted to confront the men for the alleged thefts, the situation escalated.But for at least six months, Shute said he believed the men were stealing from his property allegedly to pay for their drug addiction — syphoning gas from their cars and taking a $7,000 chainsaw.
Armed with a .223 rifle, Shute said he fired two warning shots.
"You can fire your gun all you want — I'm not afraid of you or your (explicit) gun," Shute claimed one of them said to him.
Then, one of the men want back to the truck and reached for what Shute believes was a revolver, while another man was holding a chainsaw.
"I could not win a fight. When I saw him reaching into the truck, that's when I fired and shot 'em," Shute said.
Shute's lawyer says:
"Erick presented a righteous defense in his statement to police," Arnold said. "I will fully investigate that defense and any other defenses that may be available to him."
10-01-2016, 12:38 AM #8
Grand jury to take up Morgan County triple murder
The case against a Morgan County man accused of shooting three unarmed men will head to a grand jury for consideration after a magistrate found probable cause to proceed on Monday.Morgan County Prosecutor Debra McLaughlin said it is unlikely that the case will be brought before the grand jury at its September session. It may not be until January.
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