CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — A man and woman have been arrested and charged for their suspected involvement in a Chesapeake, Ohio, man’s death, according to a Facebook post by Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless.
About 1:10 a.m. Saturday, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office was called to 172 Township Road 1079 in Chesapeake. Brandy Miller, 34, wanted to file a missing person’s report for Larry Scott Stephenson, 54, according to the release.
Miller said “Stephenson had been consuming alcohol and that they had gotten into an argument so she went to bed around midnight,” the release said. “She got up at about 1 a.m. and could not find him, so she then notified the Sheriff’s Office.”
Over the next several hours, Miller’s story to deputies began to change. She said the argument continued to escalate, and she called a co-worker, Russell Adkins, 37, of South Point, Ohio.
“Adkins arrived and began to assault Stephenson inside the residence,” the release said. “Miller advised that Stephenson was incapacitated and that she and Adkins put him into Adkins’ pickup truck, and the two men left, leaving her at the residence.”
Deputies reported there were signs of a struggle inside the home and what appeared to be traces of blood. A search warrant was obtained, and crime scene investigators were dispatched to the home.
Meanwhile, deputies also obtained a felonious assault warrant for the arrest of Russell Adkins from the Lawrence County Municipal Court.
Adkins was found and arrested about 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Taco Bell in South Point, Ohio.
He told detectives that Stephenson began to bleed and became unconscious during the assault. Adkins said he and Miller put Stephenson in the bed of Adkins’ pickup truck and then drove to an unknown gravel road where he found an abandoned house.
Adkins said he dragged Stephenson into the house and used a rope to bind his hands and feet together.
Adkins rode with detectives in an attempt to locate Stephenson. Lawrence County EMS also joined in the search, in case Stephenson was found and needed medical attention. After several hours with no results, detectives decided to take Adkins to the Lawrence County Jail on the felonious assault charge, according to the release.
Lawrence County deputies, detectives, the Fayette Township Fire Department and EMS continued searching all gravel roads from County Road 120 to County Road 15.
At about 12:20 a.m. Sunday, the body of Stephenson was located in an abandoned house, just as Adkins had described, the release said.
Detectives processed the residence, and the Lawrence County Coroner’s Office was contacted.
Adkins has been charged on one count of felonious assault and one count of murder. He is housed in the Lawrence County Jail.
Miller has been arrested and charged on one felony count of tampering with evidence and one misdemeanor count of making a false report to a law enforcement officer. She is also housed in the Lawrence County Jail.
This investigation is ongoing, and additional charges could be filed against both suspects, Lawless said in the release.