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Cabell manhunt suspect denied lesser bond

December 22, 2018

HUNTINGTON - A man accused of shooting several individuals before leading police on a nearly weeklong manhunt in Barboursville earlier this year was denied a request for a reduced bond Thursday.

Jeremy Dale Bartram, 30, was indicted in November after leading police on a six-day manhunt after he appeared at the home of his ex-girlfriend along Williamsburg Drive in Barboursville and started firing several rounds into her home, injuring three people. He was also charged with shooting at two police officers during his hunt.

The indictment charges him with one count of burglary, three counts of wanton endangerment, three counts of attempting to commit a felony (first-degree murder), one count of fleeing without a vehicle and one count of obstructing a police officer.

Bartram, who has been jailed on a $1 million bond since his June 26 capture, appeared in Cabell Circuit Judge Alfred E. Ferguson’s courtroom Thursday seeking a bond reduction as the holidays approach. Ferguson denied the request.

Defense attorney Abe Saad had asked Ferguson to release Bartram on home confinement or reduce his bond to $200,000. Cabell Prosecutor Sean “Corky” Hammers was adamantly against the request, pointing to the number of alleged victims and violence in the case.

The defendant will return to the courtroom Jan. 25 for a hearing, at which time a trial date is expected to be set.

Criminal complaints allege that on June 20, Bartram struck Casey Emerick, 24, his ex-girlfriend’s brother, three times in the stomach. The ex-girlfriend’s mother, Vicky Emerick, 58, was shot in the shoulder. A 7-year-old child was injured as he was sleeping in the living room when he was struck in the chest by shrapnel.

Six other people were inside the home at the time, but were uninjured.

The first confirmed sighting of Bartram was June 25 when someone reported a man living in a tent behind the Pea Ridge Plaza Shopping Center in the 5600 block of U.S. 60 in Huntington, between Pinecrest Drive and Davis Creek Road. A shootout occurred between him and police before he eluded capture.

He is accused of shooting a semi-automatic pistol toward Barboursville Police Officer Bobby Minnix and Cabell County Sheriff’s Deputy Jared Cremeans in the 5500 block of West Pea Ridge Road in Huntington before fleeing into a wooded area west of the location.

The search ended June 26 when officers received a phone call from Bartram’s father, stating his son had appeared at the home wanting to turn himself in. Police believe he was at the home for eight to 10 hours before his capture.

Bartram has remained housed at Western Regional Jail in Barboursville since his arrest.

Follow reporter Courtney Hessler at Facebook.com/CHesslerHD and via Twitter @HesslerHD.

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