The September Term of the Scioto County grand jury on Friday indicted Margarita Lou White, and Douglas Lee Hunt, have been indicted on seven charges in the murder of Joseph Tyler Caudill, age six, earlier this week.
According to released information from Scioto County Prosecutor, Mark Kuhn the two were indicted on seven counts including aggravated murder, murder, endangering children, endangering children, endangering children, tampering with evidence, and gross abuse of a corpse.
On the aggravated murder count documents state, on or about Aug. 23, 2016, at Scioto County, Ohio, White and Hunt unlawfully, did purposefully cause the death of T.C., who was under the age of 13 years of age at the time of the commission of the offense, to wit.
On the gross abuse of a corpse count documents state, on or about Aug. 23, 2016, at Scioto County, Ohio, White and Hunt unlawfully, did except as authorized by law, treat a human corpse in a way that would outrage reasonable community sensibilities.
Portsmouth Police Department Chief Robert Ware, told The Daily Times earlier this week, that Hunt was discharged from a hospital in Huntington, and taken into custody by the Huntington Police Department. Hunt appeared before a magistrate, awaiting extradition.
Kuhn told The Daily Times the expeditious indictments of White and Hunt is not unusual.
“I can’t say that it is common, but I can’t say that it is unusual either,” Kuhn said. “The matter was set for preliminary hearing in Portsmouth Municipal Court on Margarita White, certainly, he (Hunt) is in the jail in West Virginia, at least as of this morning he had not agreed to waive extradition, so we will be initiating the process to obtain a governor’s warrant to obtain his return to Ohio, and obtaining an indictment is the first step towards doing that.”
The investigation is still in it’s earlier stages, according to Kuhn.
“I will say that this investigation is still early on. If there are people out there that have information I would strongly encourage them to contact the Portsmouth Police Department,” he said. “This may very well be a case, as more information is gathered that we consider a superseding indictment with different counts and or specifications.”
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