Ohio County Murder Suspect Indicted on Federal Drug Charges

A suspect in a murder on Wheeling Island earlier this year is facing new charges after a federal grand jury indicted him on several counts related to the alleged distribution of cocaine.

U.S. Attorney William Powell announced that DeAndre Davis, 27, of Wheeling was indicted this week on one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; three counts of distribution of cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a protected location; and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a protected location.

These charges stem from events that allegedly occurred in Ohio County sometime in July. It was on July 30 that Wheeling police announced they had charged Davis and his brother, Jordan Davis, with murder in connection with the May 9 shooting death of 41-year-old Ahmid Hinton on South Penn Street.

Police arrested DeAndre Davis on Oct. 31 in South Wheeling after a three-month-long manhunt. He has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge with a trial date set for Jan. 3 in Ohio County Circuit Court.

Wheeling Police Department officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday on the new charges against DeAndre Davis. Jordan Davis has been in custody since July 30.

DeAndre Davis could face up to 180 years in prison and fines totaling up to $9 million if convicted on the federal drug charges alone.

Also indicted by a federal grand jury this week, in a separate case, was Timothy Billups, 25, of Wheeling. He is accused of selling cocaine near the Jensen Playground on Wheeling Island in June.

Billups is charged with one count each of distribution of cocaine base and distribution of cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a protected location. He faces up to 40 years in prison and up to $3 million in fines if convicted on both charges.

In a third federal indictment handed down this week, 29-year-old Christopher D. Barker of Columbus, Ohio, faces a charge of failure to update his sex offender registration.

He is accused of changing addresses between August and October without updating his registration.

Barker faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted.