EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMEIGS MURDER INVESTIGATION
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Meigs Man Charged In Death Of Father Facing Additional Charges
Reported by: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Tiersa Davis
Reported: Nov. 11, 2012 11:38 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 20, 2012 4:38 PM EST
Pomeroy , Meigs County , Ohio
A Meigs County, Ohio, man charged with the murder of his father is now facing additional charges.
James E. Gardner was indicted by a Meigs County grand jury on four charges, including aggravated murder and three counts of aggravated robbery, according to a news release from Meigs County Prosecutor Colleen Williams. Police charged Gardner with murder after his father, James W. Gardner, was found dead at his home in November. Gardner was charged with theft of his father's truck, four-wheeler and credit cards.
Gardner will be in Meigs County Common Pleas Court on Friday.
A man who was a person of interest in the death of his father is now being charged with his murder.
James E. Gardner was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday to face one count of theft stemming from an investigation of the murder of James W. Gardner, according to a news release from Meigs County Prosecutor Collen Williams. Judge Steven Story was presented enough evidence by the prosecution and law enforcement with probable cause to charge Gardner with murder, the release said.
A preliminary hearing for Gardner is set for Dec. 20. Bond is set at $500,000.
James W. Gardner was found bludgeoned to death in his home in Rutland on November 11.
The man who was a person of interest in connection with his father's death in Meigs County, Ohio, was arrested in Gallia County on Friday morning.
James E. Gardner, 40, was taken in to custody by the Gallia County Sheriff's Department from a camper on property near Harrison on Smokey Row Road. The property owner told police a light was on inside the camper at about 8 a.m. When the property owner went to inspect it, the property owner claimed he saw Gardner flee toward the woods, police said.
Authorities said they set up a perimeter around the property and arrested Gardner without incident.
Gardner was a person of interest in connection with the death of his father, James W. Gardner, 67, who was found dead in his home in Rutland, Ohio, in November.
A suspect being sought in connection with his father's death in Meigs County, Ohio, has been arrested.
Authorities said James E. Gardner has been arrested.
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for updates to this developing story.
A man has been arrested in connection with the search for a man who is a murder suspect in his father's death.
Lyndon M. Montgomery, 51, of Crown City, Ohio, was charged with obstructing official business in connection with the search for Meigs County murder suspect, James E. Gardner, Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning said. Police accuse Montgomery of transporting and housing Gardner.
Browning said anyone helping Gardner also will be charged. Anyone with information on Gardner's location is asked to call 740-446-1221.
A man who is a person of interest in the death of his father was spotted in Gallia County, Ohio.
James E. Gardner, 40, was reportedly sighted in a wooded area just south of Eureka. Authorities said Gardner is a person of interest in the death of his father, James W. Gardner, who was found bludgeoned to death in his Meigs County home Nov. 11.
On Thursday, Gallia County deputies received a report of a prowler on SR 7, near Eureka, a news release from the Gallia County Sheriff's Department said. Deputies chased a man fitting the description of Gardner through a wooded area but were not able to apprehend him. Deputies later confirmed that it was Gardner. Several agencies with K-9 teams and a helicopter responded in the search, but weren't able to locate Gardner.
Gardner is 6 feet tall, 175 pounds., with blond hair and green eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Gallia County Sheriff's Department at 740-446-1221.
The search is on for a man who deputies say is a person of interest in the death of his father.
James W. Gardner was bludgeoned to death with a blunt object, Meigs County Sheriff Robert Beegle said.
Gardner's son, James E. Gardner, is a person of interest. He was last seen Sunday about 3:30 p.m., driving across the Silver Bridge from Gallipolis to West Virginia.
Gardner already has a warrant out for his arrest in Jackson County, Ohio. Deputies said he stole 130 gallons of diesel fuel.
"Times are getting so bad with drugs. Mr. Gardner has a drug problem," Beegle said.
If you have any information on his whereabouts, call 911.
Police said they are searching for a person of interest in a slaying that occurred over the weekend. The person being sought is the son of the man who was found dead in his home.
The Meigs County Sheriff's Department said James Gardner, 67, was found dead in his home in Rutland, Ohio.
Police say they are looking for his son, James E. Gardner, 40, as a person of interest. He was last seen driving a 2001 dark blue Dodge Ram truck with a four-wheeler in the back. He is described as 6 feet tall, 175 pounds with blond hair and green eyes.
Prosecutors in Meigs County, Ohio tell Eyewitness News that police are investigating a murder that happened on Sunday.
Few details are being released at this time, but the county prosecutor says the murder happened in Rutland Township on Middleport Road which is near the border of Meigs and Galia Counties. So far, no arrests have been made.
Officials are waiting to release the name of the victim until all family members have been notified. Eyewitness News will update this story as more information becomes available.
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