Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini believes his office has solved a double-murder, which occurred last Wednesday with the arrest of Anthony Carl Colvin, 33, of 235 Gervais Road in Franklin Furnace.
According to Donini, detectives apprehended the suspect they say was involved in the murder of Bobby Dehart, 83, of 248 Greenbriar Road, Lucasville and Nancy Culp, 62, of 248-A Greenbriar Road, Lucasville. Both were found shot to death inside the Bobby Dehart’s residence on April 13.
Donini said detectives had been investigating the circumstances surrounding the case continuously since receiving the call around 9:47 p.m., on April 13, from a neighbor of the victims who had called to advise dispatch that her husband had seen lights on inside the residence and thought it was unusual for the lights to be on during that time of night. He had gone over to investigate and discovered two people inside lying on the floor. They were not moving. Deputies and detectives arrived on the scene and discovered the two victims had been shot to death
After developing a suspect in the case, detectives were able to locate and arrest Colvin at a residence located at 2449 White Oak Road in Peebles around 7 p.m. on Monday. Donini said Colvin attempted to flee from detectives by exiting through a window but was apprehended.
Colvin has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony and one count of grand-theft auto, a fourth-degree felony unrelated to the double-murder investigation.
Donini said detectives learned during the course of the investigation that the suspect was a known acquaintance of Bobby Dehart who had visited him at his house in the past and was actually invited into the house by the victim on the night in question. Donini went on to say, after visiting for a short time, Dehart caught Colvin stealing money and an altercation ensued, resulting in Colvin shooting Culp who had entered the residence to investigate the disturbance. He then allegedly shot Dehart prior to fleeing the house.
Donini took the opportunity to commend the efforts of the sheriff’s office detetives and detectives from the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force who worked on the case, along with officers from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and West Union Police Department who assisted in the apprehension of the suspect. He also thanked the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) who provided resources in processing the crime scene.
Colvin was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail on a $505,000 bond and appeared in Portsmouth Municipal Court Tuesday morning.
Donini said anyone with information regarding the case should contact detective matt Spencer at 740-351-1092. He said all calls will remain anonymous.
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