Man indicted on aggravated murder charge

September 23, 2018

IRONTON — An Ironton area man was indicted Thursday on a charge of aggravated murder after being accused of shooting his friend five times, twice in the chest and three times in the back, according to Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson.

James W. Moore, 49, of Township Road 252, Ironton, was indicted on charges of aggravated murder and tampering with evidence. He is charged with killing Homer F. Crank, 42, on Aug. 27 at Moore’s residence.

“Based upon all the evidence we’ve collected so far, I believe this was a premeditated murder,” Anderson said Thursday. “We don’t have a motive so far. The investigation is ongoing.”

Detective Aaron Bollinger of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office testified during a preliminary hearing the shooting was recorded by the defendant’s home surveillance system.

Moore is lodged in the Lawrence County Jail on a bond of $1 million cash or $2 million property.

He earlier pleaded innocent to the murder charge. He is being represented by Mike Davenport, a Lawrence County lawyer.

The shooting was reported about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at Moore’s home, according to Sheriff Jeff Lawless. Crank was found dead just outside the residence from apparent gunshots to his upper body.

Moore told deputies that an acquaintance had come to his home and a disturbance followed. Moore was detained for questioning and later charged with murder, according to Lawless.

A handgun was recovered, according to a news release.

An arraignment is scheduled next week in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court, Anderson said.

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