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Ironton man pleads not guilty to murder charge

October 1, 2018

IRONTON — An Ironton area man charged with the aggravated murder of his acquaintance last month pleaded not guilty to the charge and another charge of tampering with evidence Tuesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

James W. Moore, 49, of Township Road 252, Ironton, is charged with shooting Homer F. Crank, 42, five times, twice in the chest and three times in the back, according to Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson. The shooting took place Aug. 27 at Moore’s residence.

Moore entered his innocent plea through his lawyer, Mike Davenport. Judge Charles “Chuck” Cooper set bond at $1 million cash or $2 million property. A pretrial hearing in the case was set for Oct. 17.

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

In an unrelated case, Larry M. Chinn, 30, of Ohio 141, Ironton, pleaded innocent to aggravated vehicular assault, driving under the influence and failure to stop after an accident. He also denied violating community control sanctions.

Bond was continued from lower court.

In other cases:

• Jackie Lee Miller, 56, of Township Road 44, Ironton, pleaded innocent to two counts of aggravated possession of drugs (meth) and tampering with evidence. Bond was set at $25,000.

• Joshua Harless, 35, of Township Road 1056, Proctorville, pleaded innocent to failure to notify authorities of a change of address. Bond was set at $7,500.

• Marian Fields, 46, of Grove Street, Coal Grove, pleaded innocent to a charge of possession of drugs (meth).

• Michael T. Meadows, 30, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, pleaded innocent to identity fraud. Bond was set at $1,500. However, there is a capias pending against Meadows that could prevent him from being released from custody.

• Brittany Keller, 32 , of Township Road 1419, Proctorville, pleaded innocent to breaking and entering. Bond was set at $1,000.

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