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Charges dismissed against Charleston, WV attorney after shooting incident

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A judge has found a Charleston attorney "not criminally responsible" for a shooting that happened at his home in 2013.

Mark Bramble, 50, was arrested last August and charged with attempted murder and wanton endangerment. Charleston police said he fired a number of shots from his house in a South Hills community. No one was injured.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Carrie Webster dismissed the charges against Bramble on Tuesday. She agreed with three forensic psychiatrists who examined Bramble. The trio reached similar conclusions about his state of mind during the shooting incident. They said he was competent to stand trial but not criminally responsible.

The charges were dismissed with prejudice. That means they cannot be filed again. The special prosecutor in the case did not object to the dismissal motion from Bramble's attorney, according to a news release from Judge Webster's office.

Bramble was hired in 2012 as an assistant attorney general in the state Attorney General's Office. He submitted his resignation just days before the shooting. Bramble spent time in jail and at a state mental hospital. He remains under care.

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