They say it is Murder
JERRY L. LARKIN,
is Defendant in civil
case in the death of
Cheryl Burchett at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday,
October 13th in
County Common Pleas Courtroom of Judge William
(Once again, Jerry L. Larkin, did not
show for court.)
In the death of 49 - year old Cheryl
high on a big hill in Morgan
Township, about 3:00 p.m.on July 29, 2006,
admittedly caused by
Jerry Larkins, age 54, of Bear
Creek, who claimed
death was result of ATV
indicate Sheriff's Captain Robert
Woodford refused to
go up the hill to the death
scene and did not make an
examination of Jerry
Larkins who was visibly and
severely scratched with what
appeared to be
a woman's fingernails.
Witnesses report Sheriff's
Captain Woodford didn't
get out of his cruiser, did
all his investigation sitting behind
the steering wheel.
Coroner Dr. Terry Johnson was
in the warfields of
Afghanistan serving with the
George Pettit signed the Death
Certificate.No Autopsy was
INVESTIGATION BY SENTINEL
REPORTER REVEALED THAT DEFENSE ATTORNEY HAD COME INTO POSSESSION OF
ALLEGED KILLER’S CLOTHING IN THE BOBBY BURNS DEATH
(Posted by Austin Leedom at
12:35 a.m. Friday, June 18, 2004)
Defense Attorneys were recently ordered by
Common Pleas Court Howard H. Harcha III to turn over the clothing
that Dr. John Adams was wearing in July 2003 at the time City
Economic Director Bobby Burns was murdered.
The latest report we received indicates that
Attorney Eric Wrage did turn in the clothing to the Common Pleas
Court along with a report that he had caused the clothing to be
tested and gunfire residue was found on the clothing.
Dr. John Adams is scheduled for trial for
murder next month in the Common Pleas Court of Judge Howard H.
Harcha. Attorney Eric Wrage of Minford and Attorney James Banks of
Dublin are lawyers for the defense.
The court and the prosecuting attorney’s
office would have been unaware that Attorney Eric Wrage had
possession of the clothing if Shawnee Sentinel Reporter John Welton
(aka Doug Deepe) had not discovered that the defense attorney had
the clothing and notified the prosecuting attorney. Mr. Welton
testified as to his findings before the court last month. Good work,
good investigation John Welton.
(Posted by Austin Leedom at 12:35 a.m.
Friday, June 18, 2004)
Posted at 11:20 p.m. Thursday,
February 19, 2004 by Austin Leedom.)
JURY RETURNS VERDICT OF VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER after
three-day trial - in Carleton Cave, Jr. stabbing death.
HARCHA SENTENCES ELVIS PRESLEY KERNS TO NINE YEARS IN
Elvis Presley Kerns, 25, was tried by jury this week
before Scioto County Common Pleas Court Judge Howard H. Harcha III.
Mr. Kerns was indicted in the stabbing death of 27-year-old Carleton
Cave, Jr. in Farley Square on July 7, 2003. The trial began
three days ago. Attorney Shane Tieman represented Mr. Kerns.
(Posted at 11:20 p.m. Thursday, February 19, 2004 by Austin
STEVEN HAYSLIP SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN
SHOOTING AT THE ROYAL INN
Steven D. Hayslip, 36, of Stoney Run
Road near Friendship, entered a plea of guilty to manslaughter today
in connection with the shooting death of Reginald Thorpe, 30, of
Columbus. Scioto County Common Pleas Court Judge Howard H. Harcha
III sentenced Mr. Hayslip to five years in prison, with an
additional three years for using a firearm, for a total of eight
The shooting occurred early Sunday, December 7, 2003 at
the Royal Inn Motel on Kendall Avenue. Mr. Hayslip was arrested at
his home by Portsmouth Police officers on Wednesday, December 10,
2003. Attorney Tracy Hoover represented Steven
Hayslip. (by Austin Leedom at 11:20 p.m. Thursday, February
EIGHTY-THREE-yr-old Clarice Nace,
Railroad Hollow found shotgunned to death,,,,Bodies continue to be found across the county......
LONG LIST OF UNSOLVED MURDERS gets even longer as
our baffled, bumbling Sheriff Marty Donini begins his eighth year of
(See Page A3, Portsmouth Daily Times,
today, Saturday, January 17, 2004, (Watch for up-coming articles on
UNSOLVED MURDERS IN SCIOTO COUNTY by Austin Leedom.)
(Posted 9:10 a.m., Wednesday, July
ADAMS BACK IN SCIOTO COUNTY JAIL
AFTER CIRCUS IN COURTROOM
Friends of Adams concerned he
isn’t getting his medications properly
By Doug Deepe, Investigative
(Posted 9:00 a.m., July 16,
Dr. John Adams was indicted Friday July 11,
2003 for the alleged murder of Portsmouth City Official Bob Burns.
Adams was out on bond for approximately eight hours Monday evening
after posting a $100,000.00 bond.
After making Adams wait from 9:00 a.m. until
11:15 a.m., Adams case was finally called before acting Judge
Stephen P. Donohue, at which time the City of Portsmouth dropped
their aggravated murder charge in favor of the capital murder
indictment that was sent over from the Scioto County Prosecutors
The Portsmouth Municipal Court Building was a
buzz yesterday morning when word began to spread that Dr. Adams was
free on bond and had spent the night at the local Ramada Inn on
Second Street in Portsmouth, Ohio.
At approximately 8:55 a.m., Dr. Adams and his
attorney, former Assistant Scioto County Prosecutor Eric Wrage,
strolled into Portsmouth Municipal Courtroom A.
Adams was calm and sat with Attorney Wrage
until approximately 9:45 when Judge Stephen P. Donohue took to the
Normally, Portsmouth City Solicitor’s call
individuals before the bench in alphabetical order but this didn’t
happen yesterday. Assistant Portsmouth City Solicitor Mark Kuhn
refused to call Adams case until he had in his possession the
"secret indictment" of Adams from the Scioto County Prosecutor
That move proved that the "secret indictment"
wasn’t a "secret" after all. How would Assistant Solicitor Mark Kuhn
know what the Scioto County Grand Jury had done unless he was
"tipped off" by Scioto County Prosecutor Rebecca Bennett, before the
indictment was even filed in the Scioto County Common Pleas Court?
The indictment is time stamped at the Common Pleas Courts Clerks
Office at approximately 9:35 a.m., Tuesday, July 15,
This calls into question the ethics of the
Scioto County Prosecutors Office releasing information about a
"secret indictment" before the indictment was filed. Portsmouth
Assistant Solicitor Kuhn is responsible for prosecuting city
charges. Adams was sitting in the Portsmouth Municipal Courtroom
after posting the required bond set forth by law, yet Assistant
Solicitor Kuhn refused to call Adams case before the judge.
This case, no matter how one views the
initial facts of the case, proves the dirty deals that go on behind
the scenes between the Portsmouth City Solicitors Office and the
Scioto County Prosecutors Office. If there was no indictment filed
with the Common Pleas Court Clerks Office at 9:00 a.m. how did Kuhn
know that one would be filed in approximately 35 minutes later
unless the secrecy of the Scioto County Grand Jury proceedings was
violated by someone in the Scioto County Prosecutors Office? That
needs to be investigated.
Now the big question is how Scioto County
Common Pleas Court Judges will treat Adams. Adams proved that he is
not going to run from the charges at hand. Adams had an opportunity
and resources available to him on Monday night to flee and try to
avoid prosecution. Instead he spent the night at the local Ramada
Inn and walked right into Portsmouth Municipal Court on Tuesday
morning. This will be interesting to see how the judges handle this
bond issue now that only the fourth capital murder indictment has
been handed down in the last 18 years.
Friends of Adams are worried that the Scioto
County Jail may not be providing Adam’s medication to him as
required by his doctors. Adams is in the final stages of Parkinson
Disease and requires approximately 30-40 different medications each
day to avoid rigidity in his body. "If he doesn’t get that
medication on time his body could become rigid and he could freeze
up", said a friend of Adams.
Adams was seen in Portsmouth Municipal Court
yesterday trying to keep his legs and arms moving to prevent the
rigidity from setting in. During court proceedings, Adams was
allowed by the Court to stand by a wall and stretch his
An indictment only means that there is enough
evidence to proceed to trial. It’s not until a trial where a
defendant gets to give his side of the story and all the evidence is
put out for consideration by a jury of your peers. Until we get all
the facts the Scioto County Jail should ensure that Adams is
provided the necessary medical care his condition requires.
The strange twists and turns in this case
have only begun.
(POSTED 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 15,
SCIOTO COUNTY PROSECUTORS OFFICE
FAILS TO FILE INDICTMENT TO ENSURE BURNS MURDER SUSPECT IS HELD IN
SCIOTO COUNTY JAIL
Burns released on
$100,000 bond last night. If he appears in court today how could the
courts claim he is a flight risk now?
By Doug Deepe, Investigative
(Posted 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, July
Unbelievably, the Scioto County Prosecutors
Office failed to get their indictment paperwork filed against the
Burns murder suspect Psychiatrist John Adams yesterday. Last night
Adams was allowed to post $100,000 bond and walk out of the Scioto
County Jail a free man until his appearance at Portsmouth Municipal
Court around 9:00 a.m. today.
This brings up an interesting question. If
Dr. Adams shows up in court for his hearing at 9:00 a.m., how will
the Scioto County Prosecutors justify Adams a flight risk? The
Scioto County Prosecutors Office just gave Adams a chance to prove
if he is going to run or not. It’s also funny that no notice was
given to the public that this "dangerous man" was let out of jail
last night, since it was apparent by articles in the local press
last week that the Prosecutors were contemplating the death penalty
The Scioto County Grand Jury met to discuss
the case against Adams on Friday, July 11, 2003. The Prosecutors
Office knew that Adams could be extradited back to Ohio around 1:00
p.m. on Monday, July 14, 2003. Then why, if they have an indictment
against Adams, was the indictment not filed?
If Adams is such a threat that he warrants
the death penalty specification in the Burns murder, then how can
our Prosecutors Office not ensure that he was kept in jail?
Is this another case of incompetence in our local
prosecutors or were they hyping up the case against Dr. Adams.
The Sentinel has information about this case
that we will report that we believe proves the someone messed this
case up from the beginning.
Former Scioto County Prosecutor Eric Wrage is
handling Adams defense. Wrage stated last night on WSAZ News 3 at
11:00 p.m. that Mrs. Burns has multiple personalities and that she
was eliminated as a suspect immediately, when evidence could be
available that should have been looked at prior to excluding her as
a suspect in her husbands shooting.
The Sentinel contacted the Kentucky State
Highway Patrol and will post our discussion with them later this
week. You won’t want to miss this. It proves we have incompetent
police in this town.
(posted 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 12,
PEOPLE BEGIN ASKING QUESTIONS
ABOUT PROSECUTORS SEEKING DEATH PENALTY IN ADAMS CASE AND WHY NOT IN
THE JOYCE SCOTT MURDER?
Will Prosecutors seek
death penalty in the Carlton Cave case?
By Doug Deepe, Investigative
(posted 2:00 p.m., Saturday,
July 12, 2003)
Did the Scioto County Prosecutors seek the
death penalty specification for alleged murderer John Adams in the
death of Portsmouth City Official Bob Burns? That is the burning
question on the minds of many people in the local area, including
The first case that came to the minds of most
people was the recent murder of Joyce Scott. Scott was murder in
Wheelersburg by Anthony Routt and Routt was allowed to plead guilty
to murder on a simple bill of information with little to no
investigation by the Scioto County Prosecutors Office.
Sheriff Marty Donini stated that the shooting death of Scott
was possibly a random killing but the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office
wasn’t given time to fully investigate any connections between Routt
and Scott. (We have more information coming on this case at a later
date.) The case was rushed to sentencing by the Scioto County
The other case people are talking about is
the recent murder of Carlton Cave, a young black man stabbed to
death in Farley square by suspect Elvis Kearns. Cave was stabbed in
the chest in broad day light, under the Portsmouth Metropolitan
Housing Authority camera. Cave was unarmed, according to sources on
the scene, and attempted to retreat away from Kearns.
the Scioto County Prosecutors Office seek the death penalty in the
Cave murder or is the life of a public official more important than
that of a private citizen such as Mr. Cave.
There are numerous other murders that have
occurred in Scioto County in which the death penalty should have
been considered but was never imposed. We are compiling a list of
the murders to post later in the upcoming week if Adams is charged
with the death specification.
The Burns and Cave murders have this town on
edge. Both men were bright, loving, caring men trying to support
their families. One man was white while the other was black. Neither
men were drug dealers or criminals, so shouldn’t both have their
alleged attackers punished in similar manner?
But then one must ask, if the other families
in the area with loved ones killed such as Joyce Scott’s family,
didn’t deserve to have the killer fully investigated to see if the
death penalty is warranted?
The Burns and Cave murders will be a telling
sign about the legal system in this county.
KILLER GETS 18 YEARS
TO LIFE IN JOYCE A. SCOTT MURDER
By Austin Leedom, Shawnee
Sentinel Writer (posted Tuesday 22 April 2003 at
32-year-old ex-convict, Scott Andrew Routt of 1217 13th Street, was
sentenced 18 years to life today for the murder of 49-year-old Joyce
A. Scott of Hammerstein Road on April 10th,
Mr. Routt, arrested yesterday by
sheriff's deputies, agreed to a bill of information, and was taken
directly to Common Pleas Court where he entered a plea of guilty to
murder. He was sentenced at 12:30 p.m. today by Judge William
Marshall. Rick Brown, Assistant to Scioto County Prosecuting
Attorney Lynn Grimshaw, handled the case for the State. The very
able and experienced Michael H. Mearan was attorney for the
defense. (posted Tuesday 22 April 2003 at
(posted 10:44 p.m. Tuesday April
22, 2003) In a prepared news release, Sheriff Marty V. Donini commended,
"the efforts of his detectives and deputies who worked diligently on
this case along with those who provided assistance in this
"Sheriff Donini would like to
emphasize to the residents that the circumstances surrounding this
particular murder case clearly indicates this crime was a "crime of
opportunity" where the victim and the suspect were not acquaintances
and the suspect simply knocked on the door and forced his way into
the victims residence at gunpoint after the victim opened the
In an interview today with the
Sheriff’s Captain of Detectives John Murphy, the captain modestly
gave his detectives and other deputies credit for the outstanding
work in the detection and arrest of the killer.
Captain Murphy and Common Pleas
Court Bailiff Mike Crabtree told the Sentinel of the swift
arraignment and the sentencing of Scott Andrew
They said that Mr.
Routt had elected to waive rights to a preliminary hearing and a
grand jury inquiry and decided to have his case submitted directly
to the Common Pleas Court via a bill of information.
Scott Andrew Routt is well
acquainted with the criminal justice system according to records
from the Municipal and Common Pleas Court.
Municipal Court records show that
Scott Andrew Routt has made many appearances there, beginning in
April 1991 when he was charged with No Operators License.
In 1993 he was charged with
Uttering a Forged Check and Robbery.
In 1994 he was charged in
Municipal Court with Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Passing Bad Checks
(two separate dates and charges) and Unauthorized use of a Motor
There was no record found in
Municipal Court from 1994 until 2001 when he was charged with
In January 2003 he was charged
with Passing a Bad Check. In March 2003 he was again charged with
Passing a Bad Check.
Scioto County Clerk of Courts
records explain the absence of criminal charges in Municipal Court
from 1994 to 2001.
These records show Common Pleas
Judge William T. Marshall sentenced him, in 1994, to serve 4 to 15
years in prison on a robbery charge. In this case Scott Andrew Routt
was defended in Common Pleas Court by Attorneys Gary F. Billiter and
Jack D. Young. (POSTED by Austin Leedom, 10:44 p.m.
Tuesday April 22, 2003)