West Virginia man accused of killing teen who bumped him

  • West Virginia man accused of killing teen who bumped him

West Virginia man accused of killing teen who bumped him

The white man was identified as William Ronald Pulliam, 62, and the teen was identified as 15-year-old James Means.

After the shooting, Pulliam reportedly went to dinner and then went to a female friend's home.

"The way I look at it, that's another piece of trash off the street", Pulliam told investigators.

A lawyer for a man charged with murder for shooting a 15-year-old on Charleston's East End says his client isn't guilty of the charge police filed against him. The two briefly argued and after the verbal altercation, Pulliam went into the store and the teen went to his grandmother's house and sat on the porch with his friends.

"It was more an opportunity for us to come together, meaning family, friends. and a time to reflect on the positive person that James Means was and give an opportunity for friends and family to laugh and embrace the joy of who he was", Henderson recalled.

After Pulliam exited the store and walked past the porch where Means and his friends were, another argument ensued, and as Means crossed the street to approach Pulliam, the man pulled out a.380 caliber revolver and shot the teen twice in the stomach.

Pulliam in a jail interview with WCHS-TV denied making that statement, saying he shot the teenager in self-defense because he felt threatened and that race had nothing to do with it. Nobody is going to do me like that.

Of note, local reports tell of Pulliam having a previous run-in with a Hispanic teen, where in that instance when the boy called cops on Pulliam, he was instructed that all he needed to do was stay away from him.

Means' mother Nafia Adkins said that the family will not be taking the matter into their own hands and will let the police handle the case.

"James was a good friend to me", he said. I get along with all of them, ask them, ' Pulliam said. I'm sorry but, I mean, I'm 62 years old.

'I don't care if they're white or black.

"Nobody is going to do me like that".

"James' name is not something that should be forgotten", Henderson said.

Authorities are now looking into whether the shooting falls under the federal hate crime statute - killing someone due to their race.

Teresa Means, James' aunt, described her nephew as smart and loving.

A GoFundMe page was set up for Means to cover his funeral expenses.

"We just want everybody know that we don't hold a grudge, so nobody else should hold a grudge", she continued. We are not going to put it in our hands.