Trial Dates Set In Murder, Child Abuse Cases in Ohio County

Photo by Jessica Broverman
Murder suspect Jordan Davis III, right, appears Thursday for his arraignment in Ohio County Circuit Court. With him is his attorney, Mark Panepinto.

Photo by Jessica Broverman Murder suspect Jordan Davis III, right, appears Thursday for his arraignment in Ohio County Circuit Court. With him is his attorney, Mark Panepinto.

One of two suspects in a fatal Wheeling Island shooting earlier this year is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 3, while the other suspect — his brother — remains at large.

Jordan Willie Davis III, 27 of Martins Ferry, appeared before Judge David Sims in Ohio County Circuit Court on Thursday and pleaded innocent to murder, attempted murder and being a person prohibited from possessing a firearm.

In addition to accepting Davis’ plea, Sims set his trial for Jan. 3. Meanwhile, an active arrest warrant remains out for Davis’ brother, 26-year-old DeAndre Lamar Davis of Columbus, who also is charged with murder.

The Davis brothers are accused of murdering Ahmid Hinton, 41, of Wheeling, who was shot multiple times on the morning of May 9 on South Penn Street, on Wheeling Island.

Jordan Davis remains lodged at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville.

Also appearing for arraignment Thursday were Sabrina Hall, 18, and Apollo Rice, 26, both of Wheeling. Each pleaded innocent to a slew of charges against them related to the alleged abuse of a 2-year-old child.

Both are scheduled for pretrial hearings on Dec. 8. Sims set Hall’s trial for Dec. 18 and Rice’s for Dec. 19.

According to a criminal complaint, Hall told police she witnessed Rice use a medical syringe to insert hot sauce in the child’s nose and mouth, tape the child’s mouth and nose shut and force the child’s face under water while in the bathtub. Rice also allegedly struck the child in the face and threw the 2-year-old over a gate in the home.

Hall is charged with 12 felony counts of child neglect resulting in injury, two of child neglect resulting in serious bodily injury and six of child neglect creating a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury.

Hall also pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor charge of presentation of false information regarding the child’s injuries.

Rice, Hall’s boyfriend, also pleaded innocent to the 12 felony counts against him, including two counts of child abuse resulting in serious injury, two counts of attempting to kill or injure by poison or other destructive thing, four counts of child abuse creating a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury and four counts of child abuse resulting in injury.

Rice and Hall are being held at the NRJ. Rice’s bond remains at $400,000, while Hall’s is $60,000.

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