Officials Reviewing Deadly West Va. Shooting as a Hate Crime; White Man Confesses to Killing Black Teen

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William Ronald Pulliam, 62, was arraigned by video on a murder charge. Pulliam allegedly shot 15-year-old James Harvey Means on Monday Photo: KENNY KEMP | Gazette-Mail
William Ronald Pulliam, 62, was arraigned by video on a murder charge. Pulliam allegedly shot 15-year-old James Harvey Means on Monday Photo: KENNY KEMP | Gazette-Mail

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The 62-year-old man accused of shooting and killing an unarmed teenager on Charleston’s East End Monday night was not allowed to have a gun, because of a previous domestic violence conviction.

William Ronald Pulliam allegedly shot 15-year-old James Harvey Means twice in the abdomen with a .380 caliber revolver.

Police said Pulliam showed no remorse after his arrest. He admitted shooting Means and said, “The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off the street,” according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

After the shooting, Pulliam went to dinner and then to a female friend’s home, according to the complaint, written by Charleston Police

15-year-old James Harvey Means
15-year-old James Harvey Means

Detective C.C. Lioi. Police found the gun allegedly used to kill James Means at the friend’s home.

Charleston police asked federal authorities to determine if the killing meets the definition of a hate crime. Pulliam is white and Means was black.

The teenager was shot after a confrontation with Pulliam outside the Dollar General store at the corner of Washington and Nancy streets around 8:45 p.m. Monday.

Source: Aurn /  CHARLESTON GAZETTE-MAIL 

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