Woman indicted on murder charge for fatal shooting
IRONTON — A South Point, Ohio, woman was indicted on a charge of murder for fatally shooting her boyfriend in a McDonald’s parking lot, and an Ironton woman and her live-in boyfriend were charged in separate indictments with involuntary manslaughter after an autopsy showed a 2-year-old Ironton boy died from a drug overdose.
A Lawrence County grand jury returned several dozen indictments Wednesday, including charges relating to the two deaths.
Belinda S. Adkins, also known as Belinda Jones, 41, of Township Road 279 E., South Point, was indicted on a charge of murder with a gun specification. The charge carries a maximum life term in prison, while the gun specification charge carries up to three years in prison.
Adkins is charged with fatally shooting Joshua C. Jones, 39, also of the South Point area, four or five times last month at a McDonald’s restaurant parking lot. She turned herself in to authorities several days after the shooting.
She is being held on a $1 million bond.
She is being represented by Roger Smith, a Huntington lawyer.
In the other case, David E. Large, 37, of the 400 block of North 2nd Street, Ironton, was indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, corrupting another with drugs and aggravated possession of fentanyl. He also was indicted on a misdemeanor charge of endangering children against another child in the home.
He was arrested by Ironton police earlier this month after authorities received an autopsy report showing the child died from a drug overdose in 2017.
The child’s mother, Casey Jean Boggess, 28, who was living with Large, also was indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter for her son’s death, endangering children, corrupting another with drugs, aggravated possession of fentanyl and a misdemeanor charge of endangering children for another child in the house.
An indictment is a formal charge made against a person by a grand jury. It does not establish guilt or innocence.