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Murder charge added against suspect

July 10, 2018

HUNTINGTON — A murder charge was filed against a Proctorville, Ohio, man Monday after the man he is accused of shooting last month in Huntington died last week.

Earl D. Davis III, 25, was charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment earlier this month in connection with the June 28 shooting of Ronald Dale Adams, 22, in the 4200 block of Ohio River Road. However, the charge was upgraded to murder Monday after Adams died at an area hospital July 4.

According to criminal complaints filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court, Huntington police officers were dispatched to the 4200 block of Ohio River Road after Adams arrived at the hospital with gunshot wounds to the back. Davis is accused of shooting at least 13 times at the victim’s truck in that area. Three bullets hit the truck and at least one hit Adams in the back.

According to witness Dawson Squires, he had gone to Davis’ house in Proctorville with Adams and vandalized one of his vehicles. Squires said when the pair left the area, they realized Davis was speeding toward them on a motorcycle as they approached the 31st Street Bridge going into Huntington.

Davis allegedly started to shoot at the truck as the vehicles traveled onto Ohio River Road.

Squires said he had attempted to outrun Davis, but was unsuccessful. Squires told police he ducked to avoid the shots, but soon realized Adams had been struck by at least one bullet. Squires then took Adams to the hospital.

Davis is housed at Western Regional Jail in Barboursville.

The homicide was the sixth in Huntington in 2018, four of which occurred in June.

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

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