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Ohio man arraigned on murder charge

Feb. 02, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio -- An Ironton man was arraigned Friday on charges of murder, felonious assault and improper discharging of a firearm.

All are felony charges Rodney E. DeLawder, 33, now faces.

The charges are related to Tuesday's fatal shooting of DeLawder's brother-in-law, John A. McKnight, 48. The incident happened at a home in the 2900 block of Ohio 243 in Ironton.

The victim's brother, Larry J. McKnight, 46, was injured during the incident and taken to an area hospital. All three men lived at the home.

The criminal affidavits, filed Friday, state DeLawder fatally shot John McKnight.

The affidavits state DeLawder injured Larry McKnight by assaulting his head and face. It further states DeLawder also used an object to strike Larry McKnight.

The discharging allegation stems from DeLawder having fired the gun into a house then occupied by John McKnight and an uninjured woman.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless has described the incident as an act of domestic violence, saying it stemmed from an argument that quickly turned violent.

DeLawder's next court appearance will be a preliminary hearing set for 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Lawrence County Municipal Court in Chesapeake, Ohio.

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