A West Portsmouth man has been indicted in the murder of his mother. Chad J. Phillips, 38, of 1815 Haig Ave., has been indicted on charges of aggravated murder, felonious assault and felony domestic violence, all under the same incident.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said his office received a 911 call on Nov. 21, 2016 from the supervisor over the Washington Nile bus drivers stating that one of his bus drivers observed a male lying in the back yard of 1815 Haig Ave., West Portsmouth.
Donini said emergency medical services, along with deputies were dispatched to that location. When deputies arrived on the scene, an additional ambulance and deputies were requested after he said they found an unresponsive female with multiple injuries outside the residence. The victim was later identified as Halcomb. She was transported by Washington Squad 9 to Southern Ohio Medical Center where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Donini said the male subject found lying in the back yard was also taken to SOMC where he was treated and released into the custody of detectives for further investigation. That investigation resulted in the man, Chad Phillips, being charged in the death of his mother.
“The case has been assigned to Judge (Howard) Harcha (III),” Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn said. “The matter will be set for arraignment probably some time next week and he has already had counsel appointed during the bind-over procedures out of (Portsmouth) Municipal Court. He’ll enter a plea and then we’ll go ahead and set it for the pretrial process.”
Kuhn said his office will begin to look at discovery and begin to work on the case.
“It appears, based on the crime scene and based on statements from the suspect, that the suspect just basically lost it and unfortunately beat his mother to death,” Donini told the Daily Times at the time of Phillips’ arrest. “The crime scene was a mess. It appears that he may have used a wooden object such as a cane. I’m not sure whose cane it was. It appears that the whole event may have begun inside the house and ended up outside the house where there’s a porch railing where there’s rails, a wooden structure, a lot of them were broken out.”
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