Garvin was indicted Wednesday in Scioto County Common Pleas Court on 18 counts involving the deaths of Edward D. Mollett, 46, and Juanita F. Mollett, 43, of 287-C Snook Road, and 20-year-old Christina J. Mollett, 1602-A Junior Furnace Road.
“She was also indicted on a separate charge involving a November 26 incident that was recently referred to the sheriff that involved allegations of attempted murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and other charges,” Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn said.
“It was a robbery out there involving a couple of other folks by the name of Mollett related to the victims that were murdered. They (the victims) didn't report it until the murders.”
In addition to those charges, Garvin was indicted on a bad check charge.
Garvin was transferred Monday morning from the Scioto County Jail to Portsmouth Municipal Court, and was in the courtroom of Judge Russell D. Kegley wearing striped jail garb, and accompanied by her attorney, Rick Nash. Her name was called, she raised her hand, and was told the hearing had been waived.
Portsmouth Solicitor/Prosecutor Mike Jones explained why there was no need for a hearing.
“She had already been indicted by the (Scioto County) Grand Jury,” Jones said. “So since she has been indicted and served, it's not necessary to have a preliminary hearing, because the purpose of a preliminary hearing is to determine if you've got enough evidence to go to the grand jury.”
Jones said since the indictment by the grand jury had already taken place, that step of the process is no longer necessary.
Jones had awaited word this morning as to whether Garvin had been served the indictments, and called off the municipal court appearance when he found out she had received them.
Garvin remains incarcerated under $1.5 million bond from the original arraignment, and has no bond on the 18 charges filed by Kuhn.
Paul J. Balmer, 47, of the same address, was expected to be returned to Scioto County Friday after waiving extradition from Clay County, Florida where he was apprehended last week.
Balmer not only faces drug possession and drug trafficking charges, the reason he was arrested in the first place, but is also facing charges of attempted murder, aggravated robbery, and aggravated burglary stemming from the November 26 allegations for a total of an eight-count indictment on those allegations.
Later on in the day Monday, Garvin was moved back to the Scioto County Jail under heavy security.
FRANK LEWIS may be reached at (740) 353-3101 Ext. 232.