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UPDATE 1/13/2014 4:30 PM

Trial is delayed for a man accused of murder.

Ira Blair, Jr.'s trial was set for Tuesday but was postponed.

His lawyer, Rolf Baumgartel tells WTAP News Blair Jr. changed his plea on the burglary charge, to not guilty by reason of insanity.
The plea change only involves the burglary charge, not the murder or felonious assault charges.

An evaluation will be done, postponing the trial.

Blair, Jr. was indicted in June for murder, felonious assault and burglary in the death of Frank Stephens.


UPDATE 6/4/2013

He's accused of killing a Marietta man.

Ira Blair Jr. was indicted by a Washington County Grand Jury.

Ira Blair Jr. was indicted on two counts of felony assault, one count of physical assault by deadly weapon and one count of serious physical harm by any means. Blair's charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count tampering with evidence. All in the case invovling the death of Frank Stevens.

Blair is also charged in another case, for trafficking heroin near school property.

"We are looking into the April 2, 2013 death of Frank Stephens at a residence on Grove Ave here in Marietta. Mr. Stevens body was discovered and it appears he died as a result of significant injuries inflicted to his torso, (and) his chest area," said Kevin Rings, Assistant Prosecutor, Washington County.

Blair's bond for all pending cases was set at $300,000.
His trial date is August 6th, at 9 AM.


UPDATE: 5/24/13

Ira David Blair Jr. is charged with the murder of Frank Stephens.

Blair was arrained in Marietta Municipal Court Friday morning. His bond is set at $500,000.

Blair's pre-trial is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29.

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UPDATE: 5/23/2013 6:36 PM

He was beaten to death in a friend's trailer nearly two months ago.
On Thursday, police charged Ira David Blair Junior with Frank Stephens' murder.

Lab test results show the victim's blood was found on Blair. Frank Stephens was found dead in a trailer at 139 Groves Avenue in early April.

Witnesses say he was friends with Richard Haught, who lived there with Blair. According to witnesses, the three were drinking heavily at the trailer the night before Stephens' body was found.

While the scene was being processed, Marietta police officers were at Marietta Memorial Hospital with Blair. He was charged with burglary at a 3rd Street apartment.

Officers say Blair had injuries to his face and his hands were swollen and bruised. Autopsy results show Stephens died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, neck, and chest.

"Evidence that we obtained from the crime scene and from Mr. Blair we were able to show that Mr. Blair had bloodstains from the deceased on his person. As a result of that information we were able to charge Ira Blair with murder," says Marietta Police Detective Sgt. Greg Nohe.

Blair will be arraigned Friday at 8 a.m. Detective Nohe says Blair could face more charges.

He also says there may be more arrests in the connection with the murder.

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UPDATE: 5/23/2013 11:41 AM

Ira David Blair Junior is charged with murder in the April 2nd death of Frank Stephens.

Lab test results show the victim's blood was found on Blair.

Frank Stephens was found dead at 139 Groves Avenue in early April.

While the scene was being processed, Marietta Police officers were at Marietta Memorial Hospital with Blair. He was charged with burglary at a 3rd Street apartment.

Officers say Blair had injuries to his face and his hands were swollen and bruised. Blair lived at 139 Groves Avenue, where Stephens' body was found.

Autopsy results show Stephens died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, neck, and chest.

Blair will appear in court Friday.
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UPDATE: 4/3/2013 6:16 PM

At about 12:30 Tuesday afternoon Marietta police responded to 139 Groves Avenue.

They found the body of Stephens inside that trailer. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation processed the crime scene and police executed a search warrant.

Captain Jeff Waite could not say whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in Stephens' death. They have ordered a toxicology report.

"Officers are conducting an investigation. We're working this as a possible homicide until we can figure out what actually caused the death. Two officers are currently at the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office tending to the autopsy for any clues or evidence they may be able to obtain from that and today we are continuing to interview witnesses to the incident," says Captain Waite.

Authorities say no one has been charged in the case.

The family declined to comment at this time. The funeral will be held at McClure-Lankford funeral home. A date and time has not been announced.
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UPDATE: 4/3/2013 10:42 AM

Marietta Police Department Captain Jeff Waite says the body of Frank Stephens, 68, was found at 139 Groves Avenue Tuesday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No word yet on the cause of death.

Officers are in Montgomery County where the autopsy is being performed.

Captain Waite says there is no suspect at this point, but they are continuing to work on the investigation.
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UPDATE: 4/2/2013 10:39 PM

Crime scene tape surrounds the trailer at 139 Groves Avenue. That's where authorities are investigating a murder.

Authorities found the dead body in this trailer on Groves Avenue Tuesday afternoon. since then, the body has been transported to Montgomery County where they'll perform an autopsy.

Police say the 68-year-old victim died less than 24 hours before they arrived on scene.

And in that short time, suspicions are swirling in the community.

"Everybody's heard about it.Iit's just nobody knows exactly what happened," says Jason Oakley, who works just down the road.

We may not know what happened until the autopsy is complete, but preliminary results could take more than a week.

For people working and living in the area, it's a cause for concern.

"Somebody got murdered I guess right up the road. Kind of makes me nervous, but not too bad," says Oakley.

Neighbors say they didn't hear anything out of the ordinary before discovering the body.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation processed the crime scene and Marietta police executed a search warrant.

Attempts to gather evidence that may help in a future arrest.

Police say there is no suspect right now, but they're interviewing potential witnesses.

They expect to release the victim's name sometime Wednesday morning.
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The Marietta Police Department is investigating the death of a 68-year-old Marietta man.

Authorities got the call about a body that was found inside a trailer at 139 Groves Avenue in Marietta.

The victim does not live at this location, but is an acquaintance of the home owner.

Officials say this is being treated as a homicide.

There are no suspects, but police are interviewing witnesses.

The deceased male, whose name is being withheld at this time, is was born in 1944 and was a resident of Marietta.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification is coming in to process the scene, and the body will be sent to Montgomery Co. For an autopsy. Officials expect to have the autopsy back within a week.


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