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Shooting suspect arraigned

Justin Wilson, left, and Bryan Shaffer,  appear in front of Judge John Hall in Lawrence County Municipal Court Friday.

Justin Wilson, left, and Bryan Shaffer, appear in front of Judge John Hall in Lawrence County Municipal Court Friday.

CHESAPEAKE — A man who was previously on the run for allegedly shooting a South Point man was arraigned Friday in Lawrence County Municipal Court.

Justin A. Wilson, 25, appeared before Judge John Hall, who set the man’s bond at $500,000. Hall also appointed Warren Morford to represent Wilson.

A preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 13.

Law enforcement authorities allege Wilson shot and killed 30-year-old Justin Adams on Jan. 13, after an alleged drug-related dispute at a residence on Township Road 616.

He was arrested in late January after about two weeks on the run from police.

According to investigators, Wilson, along with William Rice, 24, who turned himself in to police, 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.

Also arrested was Nicole Eller, 29. She and Rice were each charged with complicity to commit murder, tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.

In an unrelated case, a Proctorville man arrested this week following a rash of breaking and entering incidents was also arraigned in municipal court.

Hall set bond for Bryan K. Shaffer, 44, of 166 Township Road 1212, at $75, 000 cash or surety. Attorney Philip Heald was appointed to the case.

A preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 13.

Shaffer was arrested by Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies and faces six counts of breaking and entering, two counts of tampering with evidence, and one count of grand theft.

Among the businesses broken into are Rome Tire & Brake, Hamilton Chevrolet, Carey Chiropractic, C&R Nail and Hair Salon, Chesapeake Krispy Chicken, Legacy Dental Center and Iron Valley Landfill.