Accused murderer back in courtPublished 9:40am Thursday, September 6, 2012
An Ironton woman accused of murder is maintaining her innocence after being arraigned on new charges Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.
Ashley Seagraves, 23, who is listed as homeless, was arraigned on first-degree aggravated burglary and third-degree tampering with evidence. Seagraves pleaded not guilty to the charges through her attorney, Warren Morford.
The Lawrence County Grand Jury indicted Seagraves in late August for the additional charges, which Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson said are connected to the murder of an Elizabeth Township man, Delmar Jenkins.
Seagraves allegedly took a safe from Jenkins’ home. The safe has since been recovered.
Seagraves is also charged in the murder of Jenkins. She allegedly shot and killed the 53-year-old man in his home while he slept.
Anderson moved to consolidate the cases since the dates of the alleged incidents are the same.
Judge Charles Cooper consolidated the cases and allowed Seagrave’s $1 million cash bond to apply to the new charges. Cooper set a pretrial for Sept. 19.
In addition to the new charges as well as murder, Seagraves was charged with two counts of felonious assault after she allegedly attacked a jail matron.
Seagraves allegedly used an item she fashioned into a sharp weapon and attacked the jail matron. Seagraves also allegedly tried to choke that matron.
Mental evaluations were submitted into evidence in August that stated Seagraves was competent at the time of the murder and that she is competent to stand trial.
With the initial charges, Seagraves faced 18 years to life if convicted. With the new charges, Anderson said she faces a sentence of 38 years to life if convicted and if all sentences run concurrently.