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Ironton man indicted on murder charge

Feb. 26, 2013 @ 11:44 PM

IRONTON -- An Ironton area man was indicted Tuesday on charges of murder with a gun specification, improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation and felonious assault.

Rodney E. DeLawder, 33, of Ohio 243, Ironton, is charged with using a shotgun to shoot into a residence in Perry Township last month, killing his brother-in-law, John McKnight, 48. DeLawder also is charged with assaulting another brother-in-law, Larry McKnight, 46. DeLawder got into a fight with the two and Larry McKnight sustained a broken jaw, according to authorities.

During a preliminary hearing earlier this month, Det. Aaron Bollinger testified that DeLawder remembers the gun going off as he was outside the residence. The weapon was fired through the window of a kitchen door. Both the McKnights were inside the residence when the shotgun went off, Bollinger said.

The mother of the victims told Bollinger she witnessed the three men fighting outside and that DeLawder had a shotgun and threatened to kill John McKnight. DeLawder currently is being held on $500,000 bond.

It was one of about a dozen indictments returned Tuesday.

Also charged were:

Michael P. Childers, 30, of the 100 block of Memorial Street, Coal Grove, was indicted on charges of aggravated burglary and aggravated menacing.

Danny J. Jones, 25, of Township Road 1186, South Point, was indicted on charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs. His wife, Rachel K. Jones, 28, of the same address, was indicted on charges of complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs and complicity to possession of drugs.

Christopher Russell, 37, of the 1000 block of S. 5th Street, Ironton, was indicted on charges of tampering with evidence, felony possession of drugs and misdemeanor possession of drugs.

Eric A. Collins, 23, of Ohio 243, Ironton, was indicted on a charge of theft of a firearm.

Willis R. Childers Jr., 45, of Township Road 1063, South Point, was indicted on charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Debra Ostby, 24, of County Road 4, Pedro, was indicted on charges of forgery and theft.

Christina D. Johnson, 35, of Township Road 286, Chesapeake, was indicted on a charge of possession of heroin.

Carolyn M. Newton, 33, of the 200 block of Marcum Terrace, Huntington, was indicted on charges of possession of drugs and misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments.

Jack R. Cremeans, 28, of the 2600 block of S. 5th Street, Ironton, was indicted on a charge of theft.

Frances E. Scarberry, 49, of the 2800 block of S. 6th Street, Ironton, was indicted on a charge of theft.

An indictment is a formal charge made against a person by a grand jury. It does not establish guilt or innocence.

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