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Accused murderer waives time

Published 9:41am Thursday, March 21, 2013


An Ironton man accused of killing his brother-in-law waived his right to a speedy trial Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Rodney Delawder, 33, of 2953 State Route 243, is charged with one count each of murder with a gun specification, second-degree discharging a firearm into a habitation and second-degree felonious assault.

Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson said the maximum sentence for the murder charge and gun specification is life in prison with parole possible after 18 years. The second-degree felony charges carry maximum sentences of eight years each.

Delawder is accused of killing his brother-in-law, John A. McKnight, 48, at their home on Jan. 29. He is also charged with felonious assault against another brother-in-law, Larry J. McKnight, 46.

According to testimony by Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Detective Aaron Bollinger at a probable cause hearing in Lawrence County Municipal Court earlier this month, Delawder had allegedly fought with his two brothers-in-law over a past incident between his wife and the two men.


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