HUNTINGTON – A man accused of attempted murder in a November Huntington shooting has agreed to waive his preliminary hearing in exchange for a plea deal.
Alex Cooper, 38, of Huntington, was charged with attempted murder Nov. 28 after police executed a search warrant at his Charleston Avenue home in Huntington after he was accused of shooting Marquis D. Martin twice at his Huntington home before fleeing.
Assistant prosecutor Ryan Hamady said Wednesday that Cooper has agreed to enter a guilty plea to malicious wounding and full forfeiture of the items seized in the home, including cash and a vehicle. He waived a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
While evidence of drug dealing was found at both the victim’s and defendant’s homes, Hamady said prosecution does not believe drugs were a motive for the shooting.
According to Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle and Deputy R.H. “Bob” McQuaid, a couple reported about 3:15 a.m. Nov. 15 that a man dressed in black broke into their apartment at a complex in the first