Attempted murder charge

A St. Marys, W.Va., man will be charged with attempted murder in connection with a Sunday night shooting at Newport involving a Parkersburg man.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said the incident occurred around 10 p.m. Sunday at Newport when Michael Andrew Good, 35, 4102 Cow Creek Road, St. Marys, is accused of shooting Richard A. Carter, 24, 3623 Packard St., Parkersburg, over a dispute apparently involving Carter’s wife, Amanda Carter.

Richard Carter was struck twice – in the shoulder blade and in the face – by shots allegedly fired by Good, Mincks said. After leaving the scene to escape Good, Mrs. Carter transported her husband to St. Marys Emergency Services where he was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg and later flown to Charleston (W.Va.) Area Medical Center, he said.

Mincks said Monday Carter was in critical condition at CAMC, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Following the incident in Newport, Mincks said Good returned to his St. Marys home and was taken into custody early Monday morning by members of the West Virginia State Police Special Response Team on a warrant from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on a felony charge of attempted murder.

Good was being held Monday in the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County on the warrant. Mincks said an extradition hearing may be held within a day or so, unless Good waives extradition to Washington County.

Mincks said the dispute apparently stems from a relationship between Good and Amanda Carter, which included him purchasing gifts and items for her and spending time with her. On Sunday, Good dropped her off at her mother’s residence and apparently had an understanding he would be picking her up again later, Mincks said.

While at her mother’s home, Amanda Carter was picked up by her husband, Richard Carter, and another friend to go fishing under the Hi Carpenter Memorial Bridge which connects Newport and St. Marys, Mincks said. The friend took a picture of the Carters fishing and posted it on Facebook.

Mincks said Good later came to pick up Amanda Carter and was upset to find her gone. He later found the Facebook post and allegedly made a threatening remark, Mincks said.

After learning about the threat, Richard and Amanda Carter were walking to their car near the bridge in Newport when Richard was struck by a bullet in the shoulder blade and then by a second in the face, Mincks said. While attempting to flee the area in their vehicle, Amanda Carter’s headlights shone on Good and they could see the alleged assailant, which led to his arrest, Mincks said.