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Shooting suspect surrenders

William Rice, left, surrendered to authorities Wednesday evening. Justin Wilson is still at large. Nichole Eller, right, was arrested on Tuesday, the night of the shooting.

William Rice, left, surrendered to authorities Wednesday evening. Justin Wilson is still at large. Nichole Eller, right, was arrested on Tuesday, the night of the shooting.

One of the men wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in South Point Tuesday night surrendered to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

Ironton attorney Warren Morford said he was contacted around 4 p.m. Wednesday by William Rice, who wanted to turn himself in to the police.

Arrest warrants were issued on Wednesday for Rice, 24, with a last-known address of 65 Township Road 510N, South Point, as well as Justin Wilson, 25, with a last-known address of 223 Township Road 1186, South Point, for the shooting death of Justin Adams.

“He contacted me about an hour ago,” Morford said by phone Wednesday evening. “I haven’t been hired to represent him yet, but I did agree to take him over and surrender him. He came over here (to my office) and we went to the sheriff’s office.”

Rice, is expected to appear in Lawrence County Municipal Court on Friday.

Also scheduled to appear is Nichole Eller, 29, of 1009 Fourth St., South Point, who was arrested and charged with complicity to commit murder, tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.

Wilson is still on the run.

According to a release by the sheriff’s office, Rice and Wilson arrived at 37 Township Road 616 Tuesday evening and allegedly began demanding money they claimed Adams had stolen from them. Wilson allegedly began assaulting Adams and then produced a small caliber handgun and fired at least one shot that struck Adams in the face. Wilson and Rice then allegedly fled the residence.

The investigation revealed the situation was drug related, according to the press release.

Adams’ body has been sent to the Franklin County Coroner’s Office where an autopsy is expected to take place today.

“The investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be forthcoming.

The sheriff’s office first received a call about the shooting on Tuesday around 7 p.m.

Witnesses saw a white Chevy Impala leave the area where the shooting took place, Lawless said. It is not known what direction the Impala traveled once it left the area.