Officers there are identifying him as Cecil Conley Jr., arrested Saturday. According to news sources in Cincinnati, Scioto County authorities were in Middletown Sunday and Monday talking with Conley.
Conley has been bound over to the Butler County Jail, where he was expected to be transferred Monday night from the Middletown City Jail, for the charges incurred in Middletown. Those charges are said to include receiving stolen property and drug paraphernalia.
According to the police report, officers were advised at the beginning of their shifts to be on the lookout for a silver Monte Carlo bearing Ohio registration number DWX2287. They were further advised that the plates on the vehicle were stolen and that the driver of the vehicle, Conley, was wanted by the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a double homicide in Scioto County. The report stated Middletown Police received further information that they had apparently been tracking Conley’s cell phone and they believed that he was in the City of Middletown.
Officers there reportedly drove through a gas station on Roosevelt Boulevard, and upon going through the parking lot noticed that a silver Monte Carlo was parked next to the gas pumps unoccupied. They ran the tag number and it came back that it was the vehicle they had been advised to look out for. Upon the arrival of backup units, they approached Conley, who was standing next to the rear of the vehicle. He was ordered to the ground at gun point and secured.
Conley was placed under arrest for two counts of stolen property, because of the tags on the vehicle, which was confirmed to have been stolen from Muskingum County.
Once Conley was in custody, Scioto County authorities were contacted.
Officers said upon doing an inventory of the vehicle, they observed a small brown paper bag containing a glass tube and some Chore Boy, which is commonly used to smoke crack-cocaine.
Conley was then also charged with possessing drug paraphernalia.
Conley was then transported to the Middledtown City Jail, where authorities also learned there was an Ohio Adult Parole Holder.
According to Scioto County Sheriff’s Captain David Hall, Conley is still only to be considered a person of interest in the case.
The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday that a Scioto County man was arrested in Middletown, for probation violation charges Saturday and now is “one of many” persons of interest in last week’s double shooting which killed two people in Lucasville.
According to Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini, his office received a 911 call at 5:38 p.m. Friday from a child reporting that her mother and a friend — Nina Mannering, 30, of Jackson, and Gary Markins, 65, of Lucasville, respectively — had been shot in the 1100 block of Sherborne Road, in Lucasville.
Deputies and detectives, along with Minford Squad 3, responded to the location, where Markins and Mannering were pronounced dead at the scene by Scioto County Coroner Terry Johnson at 7:10 p.m. Their bodies were transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for autopsies. Johnson said preliminary reports found Markins had one gunshot wound to the head, one to the armpit, and another to the chest; and Mannering had a single gunshot wound to the head.
Following the shooting, Scioto County Sheriff’s Captain David Hall issued the description of a dark blue 2002 Ford Extended Cab pickup, belonging to Markins, but later reported the truck had been located in Lucasville. At that time, he reported there were no suspects.
Donini said detectives have interviewed a local man in Middletown after he was arrested on probation violation Saturday. He said this person is “one of many” persons of interest, and has not been charged in connection to the Lucasville shootings.
Funeral services for Mannering are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Eisnaugle-Lewis Funeral Home with burial in Hamilton Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
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