KEYSER - The first-degree murder case against Jimmy Lee Lambert, 33, of Stephens City, Virginia, has been bound over for Circuit Court.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The first-degree murder case against Jimmy Lee Lambert, 33, of Stephens City, Virginia, has been bound over for Circuit Court.
Lambert, who is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the Nov. 18 shooting deaths of Donald L. Rutter, 32, and Destiny C. Foster, 25, both of Burlington, appeared before Mineral County Magistrate Pat Amoroso Monday afternoon for a  preliminary hearing.
Lambert was represented by attorney Ramon Rozas and the state was represented by assistant prosecuting attorney Gaynor Cosner.
During the hearing, Lt. Chris Leatherman of the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department testified that when the officers first arrived on the scene, the male victim, Rutter, had been found deceased in a back bedroom of the residence on Maple Hollow Lane, near Burlington.
“The female victim was alive; they were bringing her out on a cot and loading her into the ambulance,” he said, adding that he had been told that she said “Jimmy Lambert had shot her and Donald Rutter.”
Leatherman said he was later able to briefly talk to Foster in the back of the ambulance.
“I said, ‘Are you 100 percent sure Jimmy Lambert did this?’ and she simply replied, ‘Yes,’” he said.
Leatherman described the crime scene as a back bedroom that “was not a real large room but the whole crime scene was contained in the bedroom.”
Leatherman said Rutter was found lying on the floor by the bed and Foster was in a semi-sitting position, also on the floor.
He described the condition of the room as being “consistent, from my experience, with people who were shot at extremely close range.”
According to Leatherman, Foster had been the one to call 911 on her cell phone following the shooting. She was talking to officers and first responders at the scene, and was taken to Potomac Valley Hospital, then transferred to Ruby Memorial in Morgantown, where he believes she had passed away “within minutes” of arrival.
Leatherman also testified that investigators had recovered six spent 12-gauge shotgun shells inside the bedroom and one live shotgun shell on the front porch.
Also recovered in the driveway was a black toboggan with a wallet inside.
“Inside of it was a wallet with a Virginia driver’s license that belonged to Jimmy Lambert,” Leatherman said.
When asked if there were any signs of forced entry into the home, Leatherman testified that at first investigators believed there had been force entry because there was some damage to the front door frame.
Upon further investigation, however, they noticed there had been attempts to repair the damage and it was determined to have not been recent.
Rozas asked Leatherman if any of the persons who had been on the scene prior to the shooting actually saw Lambert with a shotgun and he replied they did not.
The case will now be placed on the docket for Mineral County Circuit Court.