West Virginia lawyer Jamison Conrad is facing a serious criminal charge that could result in not just his incarceration but his disbarment He is charged with with being an accessory after a malicious wounding. Conrad allegedly helped cover up a shooting by his friend, Michael Underwood, 30, in a dispute over a pizza delivery. The video below was released by the police of the struggle and shooting. You can see one of the two bullet wounds on the back of the shirt of the victim, of Charlie Scott, 23, in the light blue shirt. You can also see Conrad picking up the cellphone of Underwood, which the police claim is evidence in the crime.
The shooting reportedly occurred over a disagreement regarding a pizza delivery number on New Year’s Eve in the entrance way for the Recovery Sports Grill and the Ramada Inn Charleston.
Conrad not only took the phone and left the scene of the crime but he later refused to give the name of the shooter. In one account he said that he did not know the shooter. In another account, he said that the shorter was a “dear friend.”
Underwood has a permit for the gun used in shooting.
The question is whether picking up a cellphone of a fried is clearly an act of an accessory. Clearly, the phone would tie Underwood to the crime. However, there remains a question of intent. Here is the language of what may be the relevant provision:
Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, any person who knowingly harbors, conceals, maintains or assists the principal felon after the commission of the underlying offense violating the felony provisions of sections one, four, or nine of article two of this chapter, or gives such offender aid knowing that he or she has committed such felony, with the intent that the offender avoid or escape detention, arrest, trial or punishment, shall be considered an accessory after the fact and, upon conviction, be guilty of a felony and confined in a state correctional facility for a period not to exceed five years, or a period of not more than one half of the maximum penalty for the underlying felony offense, whichever is the lesser maximum term of confinement. But no person who is a person in the relation of husband and wife, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister, whether by consanguinity or affinity, or servant to the offender shall be considered an accessory after the fact.
It does seem clear that a crime of some kind has occurred, assuming that Conrad knew someone had been shot and they were leaving the scene of the crime. Moreover, there is no question that Conrad aided Underwood, but did he do so “with the intent that the offender avoid or escape detention, arrest, trial or punishment.” This happens very quickly and Conrad appears to spot the phone and pick it up. Moreover, Conrad has a protected right to remain silent and not give information to police. This is not to make excuses for him for what is clearly wrongful conduct, but the question is whether this is a criminal act. There is clearly a basis for the charge but it could come down to a jury decision of intent. It might of course not get that far if he can plead guilty to a lesser offense in exchange for his cooperation. With the video, there is less need for his testimony, so prosecutors may play hardball on a plea given his position as an officer of the court.
Conrad practices with his father but also serves as Fayette County’s mental hygiene commissioner. One report says that he has been suspended from that position.
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones has already said that he is “going to look into filing ethics charges with the (West Virginia) bar. When a person from Fayette County comes to my city and is involved in a shooting like this and coaches the alleged perpetrator.”
In the end, it is a stupid confrontation and there appears fault on both sides. Indeed, the question is who started the confrontation. If Underwood claims self-defense, it will be difficult given the absence of any weapon shown in the hands of Scott.
Source: WV Metro
11 thoughts on “West Virginia Lawyer Arrested in New Year’s Shooting Over Pizza Delivery”
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Jamison conrad is an amazing, kind hearted man. He had ever right to keep his mouth shut, the phone belonged to his friend the only intent he had was that his friend spent alot of money on that phone and would need it later. He has went out of his way to help me and my son more times then I can count, he even showed up for my case two days after this happened. I find it hard to believe something like this could happen to such a considerate man. The mayor is only seeking votes on this one.
Lawyers, guns and money…Another case that will be dropped fast.
I believe the picking up of the cell phone is enough to charge with accessory after the fact. Any item found at a crime scene, whether it be the weapon or a fiber from the suspect’s sweater is potentially evidence. Removal of that deliberately constitutes intent since he / she is intentionally removing that evidence. A cell phone is known to tie to a particular person so I would agre e in this case it was.
Lawyers a crooks and thieves… but we already knew that.
Criminal charges would never have been filed if the attorney had cooperated with police and identified his friend, which as the professor notes, he has the right not to. Thus, I see these charges as retaliation for doing what he had a right to do. They should never have been filed and I doubt they stick. Although just by charging him, the police have effectively punished him for not cooperating with them.
The only point I might disagree w/ is the prosecutor playing hardball. Being a fellow attorney, if history tells us anything, then he might pitch batting practice rather than throw chin music, keeping w/ the baseball metaphor. The one wild card is the mayor throwing politics in it, depending on the relationship of the prosecutor and mayor. Possibly the mayor made his comment thinking the prosecutor might go light on a “brother.” I would like more facts, w/ the specifics of what this attorney said to the cops. But, based on the facts provided, I think criminal charges should be filed.
The old Art Linkletter Show had a section “Kids Say The Darndest Things” … sometimes our inner child does the talking … especially when the adult has fled the scene.
If the crime was already completed…. And he was keeping the phone as evidence….I can see where he would not feel compelled to turn over incriminating evidence…..if he dd… The perps attorney could seek a complaint against the attorney… That took the gun…..
The pizza must be really good.
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