Court appoints attorney for accused gunman

By Thomas Wilson

   A Pennsylvania man accused of second degree murder in the shooting death of a Hampton man last August was appointed an attorney in his first appearance in Criminal Court on Friday.
   Judge Lynn Brown appointed Gene Scott to represent Loy Dale Linaweaver, 42, of Somerset, Pa., who stands charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of Billy Joe Street who was allegedly shot by Linaweaver on the night of Aug. 1, 2002. Scott died of injuries sustained in the shooting on Sept. 7.
   A Carter County grand jury indicted Linaweaver Jan. 6 on charges of second degree murder, as well as felony reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
   According to police reports, officers responded to a call at Streets Trailer Park, off of Rittertown Road on Aug. 1, 2002, where Linaweaver allegedly got into a verbal altercation with Randall Street and threatened him. Linaweaver then allegedly fired a shot at Street with a handgun.
   At that time, Street jumped off the porch and tried to take cover. His father, Billy Joe Street, stepped onto the porch and was shot in the abdomen.
   Linaweaver then allegedly fled the scene in a light brown van. He was later apprehended by deputies of the Carter County Sheriff's Department with the assistance of a K-9 unit. The van eventually stopped, and Linaweaver ran away on foot, while a passenger in the van who had been shot in the arm, Carl Irick, stepped out of the vehicle.
   Linaweaver was originally charged with attempted second degree murder, but the charges were upgraded on Sept. 9, 2002 after Billy Joe Street passed away at the Johnson City Medical Center on Sept. 7 as a result of the injuries he sustained in the shooting.
   Brown scheduled Linaweaver's next court appearance for Feb. 5. He remains held without bond in the Carter County Jail.