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New details released in Pike County shooting case

New details are released about a shooting in Pike County.

Police say Billy Marcum Jr. shot another man on Sunday near Belfry.

Marcum appeared in court Thursday on assault charges.

Police say Marcum admitted he shot the man believed to be named Eddie Smith, but Marcum claims he was the one who was attacked.

During the preliminary hearing, police testified Billy D. Marcum Junior told them he did not know the man he allegedly shot. "He actually referred to him as "creepy,'" said KSP Detective Kevin Newsome.

Marcum told police the man believed to be Eddie Smith parked his car across from his house. Marcum told police he fired a warning shot and told the man to not park on his property.

Newsome said, "Marcum stated the subject outside the car began hollering, cussing, spitting on him, and he pushed Mr. Marcum. Third time he hit with a forearm on Mr. Marcum's face and ear.

At that point, Billy Marcum's glasses were knocked off. He went on to say he pulled his gun and shot the subject.

Police say the unarmed man was shot in the abdomen. The victim believed to be named Eddie Smith is in Cabell-Huntington hospital and is expected to survive.

The judge sent the case to the grand jury.

Marcum's defense attorney, Kyle Deskins said, "At this time we are still investigating the incident that happened that evening. We fully expect Mr. Marcum will be vindicated when the matter comes to its rightful conclusion."

The judge kept Marcum's bond at 20-thousand dollars. Court officials say he had a clean record until the assault charges were filed.


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