Suspect charged in motel parking lot murder

Raines
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CHARLIE BENTON
Daily Times Leader
A Prairie man wanted in conjunction with a West Point shooting that left one man dead Sunday night turned himself in Monday and has been charged with murder. 
 
Richard Raines, 37, turned himself in Monday for the murder of Curtis Williams Jr., and was arraigned Tuesday morning. His bond for the murder charge was set at $1 million, plus $10,000 for the charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 
 
West Point Police Chief Avery Cook said Raines was still being interviewed by detectives as of Tuesday afternoon, and that the motive for the murder had not yet been determined. However, he said it was believed that the two men had ongoing issues with each other. He also said no murder weapon had yet been recovered, although he did confirm that the weapon used was a handgun.
 
According to information on the WPPD Facebook page, a 911 call was made a little after 9 p.m. Sunday, reporting that a man had been shot in the parking lot of the Relax Inn on Highway 45 North in West Point. Officers responded to the scene and found Williams lying in the parking lot with gunshot wounds. Medical staff responded, but Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives learned that the shooting stemmed from an altercation between Raines and Williams. Raines fled the crime scene on foot before officers arrived, but turned himself in the following day. 
An investigation is ongoing, and anyone with further information on the crime is asked to contact the WPPD at 662-494-1244 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151. 
 
An archived press release from the Clay County Sheriff’s Department showed that Raines had been arrested for a litany of charges in August 2016, including possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a failure to appear warrant issued by the Clay County Justice Court, a bench warrant issued by the Clay County Circuit Court for felony fleeing and child endangerment and an outstanding capias warrant for the sale of marijuana. 
 
He was also wanted at the time in the state of Texas for felony possession of marijuana. 

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