A Charleston man accused in connection to an East End drug deal ending with a man shot in the chest will go to trial in June. Shawn La’Mont Lane, 25, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to multiple counts of conspiracy to commit first degree robbery and first degree robbery along with charges of malicious wounding and possession with intent to manufacture and deliver cocaine.
Lane’s co-defendant Isiah White, 27, also of Charleston, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. However, prosecutors said White is in federal custody so they will request a new date. White faces charges of conspiracy, first degree robbery, malicious wounding and prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
Charges stem from the beginning of this year. According to previous reports, police said White and Lane went to James Stewart’s Ruffner Avenue apartment so Stewart could sell them Xanax pills.
Police said after the three used the pills, White and Lane planned to rob Stewart when they saw how many drugs he had. Police said either White or Lane pulled the gun on Stewart and fired one shot at him, striking him just inches below his heart.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey set Lane’s trial for 9 a.m. June 23 and his pretrial hearing for 10:30 a.m. June 11. Bailey released Lane on his previous bond of $10,000 property surety or a 10 percent cash option, which was posted. She also ordered the further condition of home confinement.