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Shooting case to go to the grand jury

October 23, 2013
By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The November session of the Jefferson County Grand Jury will determine if charges should be filed in the case of two men fatally shot in Wintersville in the early morning hours of Oct. 12.

"It is a good idea to present all evidence from the fatal shootings to the grand jury for its consideration so we can understand what happened that night," Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said Tuesday afternoon.

Hanlin said no charges were filed following the incident that saw 70-year-old John Bowers of Evergreen Terrace in Wintersville and Michael Shepherd of 425 Eisenhower Road in Wintersville fatally shot.

Wintersville Police Chief Ed Laman said Tuesday his department is still investigating the double shooting.

"We are in the midst of this investigation. And, we are working hand-in-hand with the prosecutor's office," Laman stated.

The grand jury is scheduled to meet Nov. 6.

According to a statement released by Laman on Oct. 14, the Wintersville police received a telephone call at 4:25 a.m. on Oct. 12 regarding two men arguing at the Shepherd residence at 425 Eisenhower Road.

"Officers found two male victims with gunshot wounds.

The Wintersville Emergency Squad responded to the scene as well as Jefferson County Coroner Dr. Michael Scarpone, who pronounced both men dead at the scene," Laman reported.

The bodies were transported to the Cuyahoga County coroner's department for autopsies.

A report at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, which also responded to the shooting scene, identified Bowers as Shepherd's father-in-law who was staying at the Shepherd's house.

Hanlin said the Ohio Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Wintersville Police with the investigation.

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