They don't mention this man is a sex offender, in the article, but in the video they do. Also, what is the point of the news media publishing people's home addresses? What purpose does that serve?
By RUSS ZIMMER
All alleged to have gang affiliations
NEWARK — One of the four suspects with alleged gang ties in a Monday night stabbing death is pregnant and the father might be the man she is accused of helping to slay, according to the victim's aunt.
Jason C. Stone, 20, last known address 33 S. Sixth St., Newark; Beth A. Doty, 29, last known address 33 S. Sixth St., Newark; William F. Withem, 45, last known address 39 S. Sixth St., Newark; and William C. Snyder, 33, last known address 60 Poplar Ave., Newark, were each charged with complicity to murder in connection with the stabbing death of _____, 25, at a West Harrison Street rooming house. Sgt. Steve Baum said Stone is believed to be the stabber.
The motivation for the deadly assault and the suspects' possible gang involvement are unanswered questions right now, Licking County Prosecutor Ken Oswalt said.
Newark police were called to the house on a report of a disturbance by an unknown 911 caller. Unable to locate the disturbance or who reported it, the officer began to check on the welfare of residents in the rooming house and discovered _____'s body in an upstairs bedroom, police said.
He had been stabbed in the head, chest and back and died from internal bleeding, according to the Licking County Coroner's Office.
_____'s aunt, _____, said Friday afternoon that her nephew and Doty, who has a pending divorce case, dated for about a month earlier this summer.
During her initial appearance Friday at the Licking County Municipal Court, Doty told Judge David Branstool she was pregnant. Oswalt would not comment on the dynamics of the _____-Doty relationship and any possible role they may play in the killing.
_____ said Doty, her goddaughter, told her that the unborn child might be _____'s.
However, _____ does not believe the police have the right suspects, all of whom she has known for years except for Snyder, because Withem, Stone and Doty all allegedly were at the hospital with Withem's wife.
_____ said that Withem did drive Doty to the house that night, but only to pick up clothing.
"He's not that type of person," she said. "He wouldn't drive somebody over there to do a murder."
According to an arrest warrant affidavit unsealed Friday morning, an eyewitness placed all four at the rooming house when the stabbing occurred. This individual told police he was in a neighboring room with Doty and Snyder when he "heard a door slam open and then heard the victim scream several times in agony, 'stop,'" the affidavit states.
This followed a verbal altercation between the victim and Snyder in the victim's upstairs room, the affidavit continues. Stone's "body language" indicated he was upset, the eyewitness said.
After the ruckus next door subsided, someone yelled, "Let's go," the eyewitness reported, and Snyder and Doty left the room. Before exiting, Snyder told the eyewitness something along the lines of, "You did not see anything. Don't say anything to anyone or you'll end up like John!" the affidavit alleges.
Detective Steve Vanoy, lead investigator on the case, wrote in the affidavit that video from a nearby convenience store verified what the witness had said about Withem driving the group to and from the house. A second witness provided corroborating information implicating the suspects, police said.
Oswalt said the investigation is focusing on two possible motives, but he wouldn't elaborate on those.
As for the gang affiliations alleged in each defendant's bond recommendation sheet, Oswalt said that several people interviewed by police have indicated that the suspects might be involved in some sort of organized crime activity. How established or active this network was is not known, he said.
All four are being held at the Licking County Justice Center. Bonds were set by Branstool at $1 million for Stone, $750,000 for Withem and Snyder and $100,000 for Doty.
Vanoy had asked for bond to be set at $750,000 for everyone but Stone, against whom he requested a $1 million figure. Stone threatened to kill at least two of his co-defendants if they talked to investigators, a bond recommendation sheet states.
- They are basing bond amounts on hearsay? Come on. Bond should be $1 million for all of them, IMO.
Those charges might be modified, Oswalt said, and additional counts of tampering with evidence, intimidation of witness and obstruction of justice might be considered against each when the cases are presented to the grand jury next week. Oswalt said it was too early to tell whether the offenses would be classified as aggravated murder and, if so, whether Stone's case would contain death penalty specifications.
The investigation is not closed and the potential exists for more developments, Oswalt said.
For _____, the arrest of several friends and the loss of her nephew has made this an unbelievably rough week, she said.
She was close with her nephew and the two talked on the phone often, she said.
"He was cut down in his prime. He was only 25," she said. "He just had a birthday two days before he died."
"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)