Lawrence murder-trial jury to resume deliberations
IRONTON -- After deliberating for about 90 minutes, a Lawrence County Common Pleas Court jury was sent home for the night Thursday and ordered to return at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 7, to continue deliberations in a murder case, according to Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson.
Rodney E. DeLawder 34, of Ohio 243, Ironton, is charged with murder, felonious assault and improperly discharging a firearm into a residence. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with parole eligibility after serving 26 years, Anderson said.
DeLawder is charged with shooting a shotgun through the kitchen window of a Coal Grove area home on Jan. 29, 2013, and killing his brother-in-law, John McKnight, 48. He also is charged with felonious assault on the victim's brother, Larry J. McKnight.
The trial before Judge Charles "Chuck" Cooper started Monday. The jury is scheduled to return at 8:30 a.m. Friday to resume deliberations.
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