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Felony Charges Certified Against Waynesboro Shooting Suspect

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Testimony about "fake" drug deals and a struggle for control of a gun highlighted Friday's hearing in a Waynesboro shooting case.     

Waynesboro District Court Judge William Heatwole certified three felony charges against 26-year-old Samuel Kevin Bridge.

The most serious charge looming for Bridge is aggravated malicious wounding, with a possible life sentence.

On Friday, he listened to the alleged victim testify about the serious and perhaps permanent injuries he suffered as a result of the April gunfire.    

The only witness at Friday's preliminary hearing was the alleged victim, 36-year-old Jeremiah James Woodson, who used a cane as he made his way to the stand. He told the judge that he suffered shattered ribs, a broken back, and had his spleen removed as a result of being shot, then briefly dragged by a car.  

Woodson was found by police on April 3, laying in the parking lot of the Quadrangle Apartments on 4th Street.

On Friday in court, he pointed out Bridge as the shooter. 

Woodson said he rode to the Waynesboro apartment complex with his cousin, who planned to sell a bag of fake methamphetamine.

It's unclear whether Bridge was the intended buyer, but Woodson testified that he and the defendant got into a heated argument before Bridge pulled a gun and fired.   

A grand jury will hear the case next month.  A related hearing for a co-defendant had to be postponed.

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