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Case against woman in shooting sent to grand jury

March 22, 2019

IRONTON — Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson said he would take a case against a South Point, Ohio, area woman charged with fatally shooting a man in the McDonald’s parking lot back to a Lawrence County grand jury next week, seeking an aggravated murder charge.

Belinda S. Adkins, 41, of Township Road 279E, South Point, was indicted last month on a charge of murder. She is charged with shooting Joshua C. Jones, 39, of South Point. She also faces gun specification charges.

Anderson said Tuesday he wouldn’t seek the death penalty in the case against Adkins.

The change could lead to more time in prison for Adkins. The murder charge and gun specification charges could lead to a prison term of 18 years to life in prison.

The aggravated circumstance could lead to prison sentences of 23, 28, 33 or 38 years in prison. It also could lead to a term of life in prison without parole.

The grand jury is scheduled to meet Monday and Tuesday, March 25-26.

Adkins currently is in jail on a $1 million bond. She signed a time waiver Wednesday before Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Christen Finley.

In another unresolved murder case, Finley set a May 20 trial date for James W. Moore, 50, of Township Road 252, Ironton.

Moore was indicted last year on a charge of murder of an acquaintance at his home on Aug. 27, 2018. He is charged with fatally shooting Homer F. Crank, 42, five times, twice in the chest and three times in the back, according to authorities.

The shooting apparently was recorded by Moore’s home surveillance system, Anderson said.

Moore also is charged with tampering with evidence. Bond was set at $1 million in that murder case.