Kentucky man arraigned on murder charge
John David Anderson sat quietly Tuesday afternoon as one of his attorneys spoke on his behalf.
"We're pleading not guilty on each and every count," Charles Knight told Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Richard Walton during Anderson's arraignment.
The 19-year-old Carter County, Ky., man is charged with an eight-count indictment that includes capital murder charges, is accused of killing elderly Arthur Boyer at his Fayette Township residence last month and then setting fire to the home to cover up his crime. If he is convicted of either murder charge, he could get the death penalty.
"There are a whole lot of charges against you," Walton told Anderson. "This is a death penalty case and these cases move to a different drum. The law takes them differently. The same rules apply but we look at them differently."
The judge set bond at $5 million for Anderson.
Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr. maintained that Anderson is charged with a capital crime and as such is not entitled to bond.
"The state feels it has compelling evidence against Mr. Anderson," he said.
Walton disagreed, saying every accused person has a right to bond but it is a judge's discretion what that bond would be.
Knight and fellow attorney William Eaches will be Anderson's court-appointed attorney.
If those names sound familiar, there is good reason: They are also counsel for Roger Marshall, the county's other death penalty case defendant.
Not all lawyers in Ohio have the specialized certification to present people charged with capital crimes. Eaches and Knight do.
Anderson will return to court Aug. 31 for a preliminary hearing.