Alleged robbers have not been indicted

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Russell, Ky. - Two Ohio men accused of robbery and assault at two area businesses remain in jail as separate grand juries wait to hear the evidence against them.

William Ryan Dixon, 20, of Franklin Furnace, and Wayne C. Murphy, 30, of Ironton have been charged with attempted murder for the July 14 robbery at Superstar Video store in Russell, and may be indicted on similar charges in connection with a July robbery at the Blanton and Graff Market in Franklin Furnace.

Still incarcerated in the Greenup County Jail, the duo appeared before the Greenup County Grand Jury earlier this month but have not yet been indicted.

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"About all I can say about that now is that the grand jury is considering the matter over a more extended period of time than usual," said Greenup County Commonwealth attorney Cliff Duvall. "We do not have some of the lab reports back yet and they wanted to consider everything that was available to them."

Duvall said he expects the grand jury to reconvene by the end of next week and make a decision on indictments by Sept. 16.

Though he declined to comment on the merits of the evidence, Duvall said he remains confident in the case.

"I don't present cases that I don't think I can get an indictment on," he said."

The two men are accused of entering the video store and attacking the store manager with a hammer during the robbery.

Sexual assault has also been alleged but no formal charges filed. Russell Police investigators

called the Superstar case one of the most violent crimes they have seen.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized at King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky., and later released.

Scioto County Sheriff's Office Detective Jodi Conkel said Monday that neither man has been indicted for the Franklin Furnace case yet.

Both men could also be charged in connection with the July 5 assault and robbery in which a store clerk was beaten and robbed. Dixon has admitted to being involved in the Franklin Furnace robbery and confessed to the video store assault and another case in South Webster, Conkel said.

Dixon could also be charged in this third incident in which he allegedly beat a South Webster man across the arm and head with a frying pan.