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Suspect indicted in Scioto killings

Published 12:00am Wednesday, March 29, 2000

PORTSMOUTH – A grand jury on Tuesday indicted a man in the stabbing deaths of four family members whose bodies were found in two homes in and near this Ohio River city.

Wednesday, March 29, 2000

PORTSMOUTH – A grand jury on Tuesday indicted a man in the stabbing deaths of four family members whose bodies were found in two homes in and near this Ohio River city.

James R. Curry, 42, of suburban New Boston, was charged with four counts of aggravated murder, Scioto County Prosecutor Lynn Grimshaw said. Curry faces the death penalty if convicted.

The bodies of Emogene Spradlin, 78, and her daughter Pamela Edwards, 52, were found March 19 in the home they shared in the Sciotoville, police said.

The bodies of Lana Spradlin, 35, and her son, Daniel Jones, 9, of Lucasville, were found in Curry’s apartment in New Boston later that day. Spradlin and Jones are the daughter and grandson of Emogene Spradlin, police said.

Curry was being held in the Bourbon County, Ky., jail. He was arrested the day the bodies were found in Paris, Ky., for driving erratically and charged with driving under the influence of drugs.

Grimshaw said he has started proceedings to have Curry brought back to Ohio to stand charges. Curry is fighting extradition.

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