Trial underway in 2013 killing
IRONTON — The murder trial of an Ironton area man could last four or five days, according to Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson.
The trial of Rodney E. DeLawder, 34, of Ohio 243, Ironton, started Monday in Ironton before Common Pleas Judge Charles “Chuck” Cooper.
DeLawder is charged with murder, felonious assault and improperly discharging a firearm into a residence. If convicted, he faces life in prison and won’t be eligible to see the parole board for 26 years, Anderson said.
DeLawder is charged with killing his brother-in-law, John McKnight, 48, by discharging a firearm through the kitchen window of a Coal Grove home on Jan. 29, 2013. DeLawder also is charged with the felonious assault of McKnight’s brother, Larry J. McKnight.
The defendant is being represented by Mike Davenport, a Lawrence County lawyer.
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