Wheeling Island Murder Case Transferred To Ohio County Grand Jury

Photo by Heather Ziegler
Jordan “Nudi” Davis, right, appears for a hearing Wednesday in Ohio County Magistrate Court with his attorney, Mark Panepinto.

Photo by Heather Ziegler Jordan “Nudi” Davis, right, appears for a hearing Wednesday in Ohio County Magistrate Court with his attorney, Mark Panepinto.

WHEELING — Two pairs of brothers from two different families are at the center of a murder case that will go before an Ohio County grand jury.

After hearing more than an hour of testimony during a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Ohio County Magistrate Joe Roxby ruled there was probable cause to proceed with the murder case against Bellaire resident Jordan “Nudi” Davis III, 27, accused in the shooting death of Ahmid Saleam Hinton on Wheeling Island on May 9.

However Davis’ attorney, Mark Panepinto, believes the case against his client is circumstantial, with no actual video of the shooting nor clear identification of the shooter.

Wheeling police Sgt. Matthew Taylor was the only witness to testify Wednesday, which included debate over video footage and still photographs from the area of the shooting in the early morning hours of May 9, and whether Jordan Davis was accurately identified as the shooter.

Assistant Ohio County Prosecutor Shawn Turak went over the details of the early morning shooting, showing the court photographs taken from video of Jordan Davis and his brother, DeAndre “D.D.” Davis, exiting a nearby club minutes before the shooting. Police are still searching for DeAndre Davis, 26, who also faces a charge of murder.

A criminal complaint states minutes after the brothers exited the club, officers heard multiple gunshots in the area of South Penn and Zane streets, at about 1:40 a.m. May 9. Upon their arrival, officers found William Hinton standing on the sidewalk near his brother, Ahmid Hinton, who was lying on the ground.

According to testimony, the victim told officers that “D.D.” had shot him. William Hinton reportedly exchanged gunfire with the fleeing suspects.

A vehicle later found in North Wheeling and believed to have been used by the suspects, contained two bullet holes, police said. The vehicle had been rented in April by a woman with whom DeAndre Davis had a sexual relationship, according to the complaint.

Ahmid Hinton died a few hours after the shooting at Ohio Valley Medical Center before any more information could be obtained from him. No one else was injured.

Taylor testified the clothing worn by Jordan Davis fits the description of the alleged shooter provided by another man, Nathan Schau, who was standing next to Ahmid Hinton on South Penn Street when he was shot. The shooter was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt pulled tight over his face, which gave the appearance of a mask, according to the witness.

Later, William Hinton told police that the shooting most likely resulted because the Davis brothers were seeking retribution for an altercation he had in April with the Davises’ uncle at a Wheeling Island bar.

Jordan Davis remains lodged in the Northern Regional Jail.

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