Accused murderer found competent to stand trial

Published 9:47 am Thursday, August 16, 2012

Competency was at issue for an Ironton woman accused of murder.

Ashley Seagraves, 23, who is listed as homeless, made an appearance Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court where an evaluation from Cincinnati-based Court Clinic Forensic Services was admitted into evidence.

Seagraves had previously pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity to the June murder Delmar Jenkins, 53, of Elizabeth Township.

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The evaluation said Seagraves was competent at the time of the alleged murder and that she is competent to stand trial.

Seagraves’ attorney, Warren Morford, asked Judge Charles Cooper for the right to have another agency evaluate his client at a later time.

Seagraves also waived her right to a speedy trial.

Seagraves is not only accused of shooting Jenkins in his home while he slept, but also of two counts of felonious assault in connection with an attack on a Lawrence County Jail matron.

While Seagraves was in the jail, she allegedly used an item she fashioned into a sharp weapon and attacked the jail matron. Seagraves also allegedly tried to choke that matron.

Seagraves faces 18 years to life in prison if convicted. She is currently being held in jail under a $1 million cash bond.

In other cases:

• Paul Waginger, 24, of 486 Pittfield Drive, Worthington, Ky., was arraigned on one count of fifth-degree breaking and entering. Waginger pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Warren Morford.

Cooper set bond at $5,000 cash or surety or $10,000 real estate and set a $20,000 own-recognizance bond. He scheduled a pretrial for Aug. 22.

• William Robinson Jr., 25, of 1112 S. Fifth St., Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information of fifth-degree theft of scrap metal. Robinson pleaded guilty though his attorney, Warren Morford.

Cooper sentenced Robinson to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation and ordered him to successfully complete the SEPTA treatment program in Athens.

• Angela Cooper, 29, of 624 Tenth St., Huntington, W.Va., pleaded guilty to third-degree tampering with evidence and two fifth-degree counts of possession of drugs. A count of possession of cocaine was dismissed.

Cooper set sentencing for Oct. 10 after a pre-sentencing investigation was completed.

Cooper was represented by attorney Jason Smith.

• Joshua Fout, 23, of Township Road 177, Willow Wood, pleaded guilty to charges in two separate cases.

In one case, Fout pleaded guilty to an amended count of fourth-degree unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

In another case, Fout pleaded to a third-degree count of tampering with evidence. In May, Fout failed a drug test and the Adult Probation Department caught him trying to cheat the test by bringing in someone else’s urine in a bottle.

Cooper ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for Aug. 29.

Fout was represented by attorney Chris Delawder.

• Elizabeth Jones, 26, of 206 Highway 207, Rush, Ky., was arraigned on a count of fifth-degree forgery. Jones pleaded not guilty through her attorney, Luke Styer.

Cooper set bond at $5,000 cash or surety and scheduled an Aug. 29 pretrial.