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Woman arraigned on murder charge

Ashley Seagraves stands in Ironton Municipal Court Monday afternoon and listens as Judge O. Clark Collins reads the murder charge against her. Seagraves is accused of shooting Delmar Jenkins in the head early Sunday morning.

An Ironton woman accused of murder was arraigned Monday afternoon in Ironton Municipal Court.

Ashley D. Seagraves, 23, of 214 1/2 Pearl St., appeared briefly in front of Ironton Municipal Court Judge O. Clark Collins, who set bond at $250,000 cash.

“Do you have an attorney?” Collins asked Seagraves.

“No,” she replied.

“Can you afford to hire an attorney?”

Collins asked.

“No,” Seagraves replied. Collins appointed Warren Morford to represent her and set a preliminary hearing for 9 a.m. Thursday.

Seagraves is accused of going to the home of Delmar Jenkins, 53, of Elizabeth Township, at approximately 5 a.m. Sunday and shooting him while he slept.

Jenkins’ family members were in court Monday and watched from the front row of the gallery as Seagraves was led in, handcuffed and shackled, for a brief appearance before being led away and back to jail. Seagraves is seven months pregnant.

“Anybody who could do a man like that, in my book she’s trash,” Jenkins’ sister, Joyce McClellan said after the arraignment.

McClellan said she did not know Seagraves and did not know how Seagraves knew her brother.

“Anyone who knew him knew he was a good man,” McClellan said.

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Detective Aaron Bollinger said a family member found Jenkins in bed and suffering from “substantial head trauma” just after 10 a.m. Sunday morning at Jenkins’ Township Road 323 residence.

Jenkins was taken by medical helicopter to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where it was discovered the head trauma was from a gunshot wound. He was placed on life support but died at approximately 5 a.m. Monday morning.

Outside the courtroom Monday afternoon, McClellan showed a photo she had taken with her cellular telephone camera. It showed a man hooked up to respirator equipment.

Bollinger said witnesses were able to provide information that led to Seagraves’ arrest. Bollinger said Seagraves had confessed to the shooting but he declined to say what the motive was.

Seagraves remains in the Lawrence County Jail.