UPDATE: Roberts Sentenced on Charges Unrelated to Murder

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UPDATE 12/18/2013 11:05 AM

A man accused of killing his father in Glouster appears in court on unrelated charges.

Paul J. Roberts is sentenced to 18 months in prison for charges stemming back to 2009, including identity fraud, forgery, possession of drugs and grant theft of a motor vehicle.

All cases are unrelated to his father's murder case which happened earlier this year.


UPDATE 12/4/2013 3:10 PM

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - The wife of a man charged with killing his father in Glouster agrees to testify against her husband.

The Athens County prosecutor says 37-year-old Rhonda Degarmore, of Glouster, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Athens to felony charges of theft, receiving stolen property and obstructing justice and agreed to testify against husband Paul J. Roberts.

Roberts has pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated murder in his father's death. Prosecutor Keller Blackburn says Roberts hit his father in the head with a pipe in October and dumped the body beneath his father's porch in Glouster, about 15 miles north of Athens.

Blackburn says Degarmore could have been sentenced to more than five years, but received four years and 11 months.

Degarmore's attorney didn't immediately return calls Wednesday.

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UPDATE 11/5/2013 4:00 PM

He says he didn't do it.

An Athens County man accused of murdering his father and dumping him under the porch pleads not guilty.

41-year-old Paul J. Roberts appeared in Athens County Court Monday where he plead not guilty to several charges, including aggravated murder, gross abuse of a corpse, evidence tampering, vandalism and several theft-related counts.

Last month Roberts told a Columbus news station that he hit his father - 63-year-old Paul E. Eoberts - with a pipe and then dumped his body under his father's porch in Glouster, Ohio.

Police found the body over two weeks later.
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UPDATE 10/29/2013 4:00 PM

A Hocking County Police Chief is accused of buying a stolen motorcycle from a man indicted on murder charges.

The Athens County Prosecutor's Office says Murray City Police Chief Christopher Bishop plead guilty Tuesday to receiving stolen property and obstructing official business.

The prosecutor says Bishop bought a Harley Davidson Motorcycle from Paul J. Roberts that Roberts stole from his father, Paul E. Roberts.

Paul J. Roberts is charged with murdering Paul E. Roberts.

Paul J. Roberts' girlfriend, Ronda Degarmore, plead not guilty to theft, receiving stolen property and obstructing justice.

Degarmore is being held on a $125,000 bond.

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UPDATE 10/28/2013 5:05 PM

A grand jury indicts a Glouster man on nine felony counts, including aggravated murder.

It's a case prosecutors are calling a terrible reflection of drug problems in Athens County.

41-year-old Paul J. Roberts is accused of murdering his father, 63-year-old Paul E. Roberts and putting his body in a well underneath the porch at the house on Locust Street where the victim lived.

The elder Roberts was missing for two weeks before authorities found his body.

Toberts is also accused of stealing his dad's 2004 Jeep Liberty SUV, John Deere lawnmower and credit card.

Prosecutors say Roberts then sold the jeep and purchased drugs.

"Heroin was absolutely involved. Heroin is a major problem in the Glouster area. Every witness we talked to, just about, used heroin the last two weeks," says says Athens County Prosecuting Attorney Keller Blackburn. "This was not a crime of passion, this was a crime of addiction. It was a crime of disrespect for a man who gave him life."

Prosecutors say a hammer or a pipe was the weapon used in the alleged murder.

Roberts faces a maximum sentence of life without parole.

Both he and Ronda Degarmore - his girlfriend - are scheduled to be arraigned next Wednesday.

She is charged with obstruction of justice.
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UPDATE 10/28/2013 4:00 PM

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - A southeastern Ohio man who said he killed his father and dumped the body under a porch is indicted on nine felony charges, including aggravated murder.

A court clerk in Athens County says 41-year-old Paul J. Roberts also is charged with murder, gross abuse of a corpse, evidence tampering, intimidation, vandalism and several theft charges.

In a remorseful jailhouse interview, Roberts told WBNS-TV in Columbus that he hit his father in the head with a heavy pipe on Oct. 4 after the man stepped toward him with a knife. He said he dumped the body in a cistern beneath his father's porch in Glouster.

Police found the body during a search weeks later.

Roberts has been in custody. No attorney was listed for him in court records.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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UPDATE 10/23/2013 7:17 AM

GLOUSTER, Ohio (AP) - A southeastern Ohio man tells a Columbus TV station that he hit his father in the head with a pipe and dumped his body in a cistern under the porch.

In a jailhouse interview Tuesday, 41-year-old Paul J. Roberts told a Columbus news station that he killed his father, 63-year-old Paul E. Roberts of Glouster. Then, he says, he "drug him under the deck and dropped him in the hole."

The body of the elder Roberts was found Monday during a police search at the house. An autopsy showed he was fatally beaten.

The younger Roberts is in jail on a related vandalism charge and hasn't been charged in his father's slaying. He was arrested after neighbors told police that they saw him removing property from his father's house.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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UPDATE 10/22/2013 4:30 PM

The Athens prosecutor says 63-year-old Paul E. Roberts was missing for two weeks before he was found in a cistern under his porch in Glouster.

The coroner's preliminary ruling indicates Roberts died from blunt force trauma.

Police arrested his son, 40-year-old Paul J. Roberts.

He faces a vandalism charge.

The prosecutors office also filed an arrest warrant for him to be detained at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Ronda Degarmore, who is the son's girlfriend, is jailed without bond for a probation violation.

The case remains under investigation and goes to the grand jury October 28th.
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A body was recovered Monday from underneath the back porch of a home along Locust Street in Glouster, Ohio, and a man was arrested a few days ago from the same home on a vandalism charge, according to information from the Athens County Prosecutor's Office.

Search warrants were executed Saturday and Monday at the home at 68 Locust Street, and the body was found Monday from underneath the back porch.

The body was identified as Paul E. Roberts, who was last seen more than two weeks ago. Paul E. Roberts' 2004 black Jeep Liberty had been "improperly transported" from Sept. 23 to Oct. 19. A search is underway, and the SUV is believed to be in the Columbus area.

Paul J. Roberts, 40, was arrested Friday and charged with vandalism. He was taken to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.

The news release does not state if Paul J. Roberts and Paul E. Roberts are related.

Additional details were not provided.

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