Sudderth#8217;s bond set at #036;500,000

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 3, 2007

The man accused of shooting an Ironton man to death early Monday morning was arraigned Monday afternoon in Ironton Municipal Court.

Judge O. Clark Collins set a $500,000 cash bond for Isaiah Sudderth, 25, of Columbus, who is charged with murder and driving while intoxicated. Sudderth said he could not afford an attorney and Warren Morford was appointed as his defense counsel. He will appear again Thursday in municipal court for a preliminary hearing.

As Sudderth was arraigned, several friends of the victim, Damon Pringle, watched the proceedings. Deanna Michelle Burton sobbed as she recalled how she and others watched in shock as their friend was gunned down.

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“He died in my arms. I don’t know, I don’t know. I don’t know what to say,” she said. “We were like brother and sister; I’ve known him all my life. We grew up together.”

Both Burton and another friend, Jackie King, described Pringle as a good friend who has had his own brushes with the law in the past but was trying to turn his life around.

“He was good-hearted, if you needed anything you could ask Damon would he would try his very best,” King said. “He was trying to straighten his life up.”

Burton said Pringle was devoted to his children and had spent part of Sunday putting a swimming pool together for his children. She said he had married his wife Amy in April. Both women said they didn’t really know Sudderth, but said the argument between the two men was “over nothing.”

“I want to see him go to jail,” Burton said of Sudderth. “I want to see him go to prison.”

She said she thought his bond was “kind of low.”

Police were called to a residence in the 800 block of 10th Street just before 1:30 a.m. Monday in response to shots fired. Pringle was pronounced dead later at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Ky. Sudderth allegedly fled the scene and was arrested later near the Lawrence-Scioto county line. He is lodged in the Lawrence County Jail.