Attorney wants alleged Ohio murder client to stay in jail because ‘it’s the safest place for him’ amid death threats
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Attorney wants alleged Ohio murder client to stay in jail because ‘it’s the safest place for him’ amid death threats

BELMONT COUNTY, OHIO (WTRF) – On Monday, accused murderer Brian Melott was arraigned on two counts of murder and one count of voluntary manslaughter.

Bellaire, 21, allegedly shot and killed 19-year-old David Allen on April 27 outside the Francis Wallace Apartments.


Defense originally I wanted to ask for a lower deposit. Melott’s current bond is $1 million.

But apparently a groundbreaking development prompted the defender to make a very difficult decision miscellaneous bail application – in the name of the life and safety of your client.

“My client and his family received death threats. So I’d like to be able to give the court the address in private so we can be sure he’s there and potentially put him on home confinement to protect him. Until this is achieved, I have no problem with my client remaining in prison as it is the safest place for him.”

JOSH NORMAN – DEFENSE LAWYER

Both murder charges carry a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 15 years, and the voluntary manslaughter charge carries a sentence of eleven years in prison. All three come with a weapon specification, each covering an additional three years.

Melott pleaded innocent.

Judge John Vavra will rule on the bail applications at a later date.