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Grand jury indicts man on murder charge

December 29, 2018
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HUNTINGTON — One person has been indicted on a murder charge in connection with a shooting that occurred June 28 in the 4200 block of Ohio River Road in Huntington that left a 22-year-old man dead.

Earl D. Davis III, 25, was indicted by a grand jury Dec. 13.

He was arrested July 1 in connection with the incident and remains in Western Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

Davis was originally charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment, but those charges were upgraded to murder when Ronald Dale Adams died July 4 after spending several days in the ICU.

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 a local 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, Ohio, 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.

Security footage shows the truck being chased by a motorcycle similar in style to one registered to Davis.

Davis was scheduled July 19 for a preliminary evidence hearing, which is held to determine if there is enough evidence to hold a defendant while they wait to be indicted by a grand jury, but he waived the hearing in exchange for an open case file.

An indictment is a formal charge made against a person by a grand jury. It does not establish guilt or innocence.

Reporter Courtney Hessler contributed to this report.

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