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Bullet Wound Proves Fatal

Bethesda man dies from shooting over dog running loose

October 13, 2011
From Staff Reports , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

BETHESDA - The Bethesda man who was shot in the head last week during a dispute over a dog running at large has died.

Belmont County sheriff's Detective Ryan Allar confirmed Kevin Smith, 24, died as a result of his wounds.

"He succumbed to his injuries around noon today," Allar said late Wednesday.

Smith had been undergoing treatment at a Pittsburgh hospital. He was taken from the scene of the shooting Friday by medical helicopter.

Smith's neighbor, William J. Satterfield, 25, was arrested Friday on charges of attempted murder and felonious assault. He remained lodged in the Belmont County Jail late Wednesday in lieu of $1 million bond.

Allar and other officials said it is likely the charges against Satterfield will change in the wake of Smith's death.

"Since this case started, we have been working with the prosecutor's office," Allar said. "We expect a determination on the charges, but they have not changed at this point."

Belmont County Prosecutor Christopher Berhalter could not be reached for comment on the case Wednesday.

Allar said Smith's family members, many of whom he said had been keeping vigil at his bedside since the shooting, had been notified of his death.

"It's very sad," Allar added.

Bethesda Police Chief Tim Zdanski previously said Satterfield allegedly shot Smith, also of Bethesda, at about 1 a.m.

Both men are residents of the Abby's Crossing Apartments on Virginia Street.

He believes the men already were acquainted with each other before the shooting and, at one time, may have been friends.

Zdanski believed the dog at the heart of the disagreement belonged to Smith. He said it appeared the men were fighting about Smith's dog running loose around the apartment complex before the shooting occurred.

 
 

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