Two charged in Lawrence County, Ohio murder
CHESAPEAKE, OHIO (WCHS/WVAH) —
Two people are facing charges after a Lawrence County, Ohio man was killed early Saturday morning.
Russell Adkins, 37, and Brandy Miller, 34 are facing multiple charges in connection with the murder of Larry Scott Stephenson, 54, according to a news release from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the release, Miller reported Stephenson missing at about 1:10 a.m. Saturday. She told deputies that Stephenson had been drinking and they had gotten into an argument and that she had not seen him since she went to bed.
The release said as the investigation continued, Miller’s story started to change. According to the release, Miller said during the argument, she called Adkins, who she worked with, and when arrived to the home he started to assault Stephenson.
Miller told deputies Stephenson was unconscious and that she and Adkins put him into Adkins’ truck and Adkins drove off.
After finding evidence of a struggle inside the home, an arrest warrant was issued for Adkins and he was arrested Saturday evening in South Point.
The release said Adkins told deputies that he had assaulted Stephenson when he started to bleed and became unconscious. He told deputies he drove Stephenson to an abandoned house and used a rope to tie his hands and feet up.
After being unable to lead deputies to the abandoned house, Adkins was transported to the Lawrence County Regional Jail.
Deputies, Fayette Township firefighters, and EMS workers continued to search for Stephenson and at about 12:20 a.m. Sunday, they located his body in an abandoned house.
Adkins is charged with murder and felony assault.
Miller is charged with tampering with evidence and making a false report to a law enforcement officer.
Both are being held in the Lawrence County Jail.