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Murder suspect remains in jail

Judge denies bond for man accused in Sunday slaying

By Candace Sipos -- csipos@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- A Winchester man charged with first-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony in the slaying of a West Virginia man early Sunday will remain in jail without bond.

Bradley Scott Gregory, 27, of Winchester, was found at the scene of the shooting at 1373 S. Timber Ridge Road at 1:10 a.m. Sunday, according to Capt. John Heflin of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Gregory got into an argument at the residence with Michael Scott Shirley, 27, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., according to court documents. He then got a handgun from his vehicle, loaded it and shot Shirley in the chest, the documents say.

Shirley was dead when officers arrived at the scene, Heflin said.

Gregory admitted to the shooting, according to the documents.

Gregory retrieved the unloaded firearm from his glove compartment and the magazine from the center console. Frederick County Commonwealth's Attorney Glenn R. Williamson said.

Gregory appeared before Judge David S. Whitacre via video in Frederick County General District Court for a bond hearing Tuesday, but Whitacre said he would not grant bond due to the nature of the crimes.

Whitacre asked Gregory if he wanted to comment on Williamson's request to hold him without bond at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center, but Gregory declined.
Williamson also asked that Whitacre revoke Gregory's concealed weapon permit.

Technicians performed an autopsy on Shirley Monday at the Northern Laboratory in Manassas, but Heflin said he will not know the results for at least eight weeks.

Investigators will provide the results to the commonwealth's attorney for use in court, he said.

Investigators have not released any additional details about the incident, including whether alcohol or drugs were involved.

Gregory told Whitacre he has been unemployed since Dec. 12, when he quit his job as an assistant manager of the Underground Casino and Lounge in Bunker Hill, W.Va. He said he has no source of income and lives with his girlfriend.

Whitacre authorized a court-appointed attorney for Gregory and set his preliminary hearing for March 13 at 3 p.m.

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