A South Webster man has been arraigned on murder charges in the death of a Wheelersburg woman. Carl L. Hayden, 65, of 775 C Bloom Furnace Rd., South Webster, was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, murder, four counts of felonious assault, discharging a weapon into a habitation and stalking in the death of Amber Piguet, 25, of 209 Piguet Rd., Wheelersburg.
According to Captain John Murphy, the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 7:04 p.m., on Monday, from a witness stating that she observed a male suspect across the street at a neighbor’s house with something in his hands trying to gain entry into the residence. The caller stated that she heard several gunshots before the male suspect jumped in to a burgundy van and drove away.
“We’ve got a female victim who was shot and killed,” Murphy said. “There were three small 34s (children) in the residence, seven and under when this happened.”
Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini was able to verify the circumstances when a second call came into the office from a small child stating that her Aunt had been shot and was dead at that same location. The child stated that she was in the house along with two other small children. It was later determined that the three were present inside the residence at the shooting.
Donini said deputies and detectives along with emergency medical services responded to this location where the female victim was found to be deceased.
Murphy said there were three small children, ages seven and under in the residence when the shooting occurred. In fact, one of the children called the sheriff’s office stating her aunt had been shot and was dead. Murphy said the child stated that she was in the house along with two other small children. It was later determined that the three were present inside the residence at the time of the shooting.
“We were able to identify a possible suspect through neighbors and family members of the deceased and that suspect, Carl Hayden was located and detained without incident at 9:52 (p.m.) in South Webster at the Country Store,” Murphy said.
Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn said the case is in its early stages.
“The pretrial is set for Feb. 3 at 11 (a.m.) o’clock,” Kuhn said. “That will be in Judge (William T.) Marshall’s courtroom. He (Hayden) entered a not guilty plea yesterday (Wednesday). The visiting judge (Richard Walton) set his bond at $500,000.”
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