Triple homicide suspect to appear in court Friday

Published 10:43 am Thursday, January 8, 2009

PORTSMOUTH — The woman at the center of a triple homicide in Franklin Furnace will make her first appearance Friday in the courtroom where her fate may be ultimately be decided.

Kara Garvin, 29, also of Franklin Furnace, will be arraigned at 2 p.m. Friday in the courtroom of Scioto County Common Pleas Judge Howard H. Harcha III.

Garvin is charged in the shooting deaths of Ed Mollett, 46, Juanita Mollett, 43, and their daughter, Christina Mollett, 20, at the trailer-home of the couple on Dec. 22.

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Last week a Scioto County Grand Jury indicted Garvin on multiple counts including aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, theft of drugs and tampering of evidence.

There is a second indictment concerning other members of the Mollett family charging Garvin with attempted murder, aggravated burglary and robbery. That incident allegedly happened on Nov. 26.

Garvin is lodged in the Scioto County Jail on a $1.5 million bond.

On Wednesday, a review of extradition is scheduled for Paul J. Balmer, also of Franklin Furnace, whom authorities have called Garvin’s live-in boyfriend. He was arrested in Clay County, Fla., on a drug trafficking warrant on Dec. 28. Scioto County Sheriff’s office had sought Balmer for questioning in connection with the killings.