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Shooting suspect held on $1M bond

CHESAPEAKE — The man arrested in connection with the shooting death of his wife’s alleged lover made his first court appearance Monday in Lawrence County Municipal Court.

William K. Elkins Sr., 54, of Chesapeake, was arraigned on a count of first-degree aggravated murder. Bond was set at $1 million cash. Ironton attorney Mike Davenport was appointed to the case and a preliminary hearing was set for May 26.

Elkins was arrested by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office on Friday after deputies received a disturbance call at a home in the 3400 block of County Road 31.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, Elkins came home and found his friend, Ricky L. Crager, 57, of South Point, with his wife. There was an alleged argument and Elkins allegedly shot Crager twice in the chest with a small caliber handgun. Elkins then allegedly threatened his wife with the gun.

When deputies arrived, they found Crager lying on the front porch. Elkins allegedly retreated into the residence when he saw the deputies. Elkins surrendered a short time later.

Lawrence County EMS arrived on the scene and was unable to revive Crager. Crager was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lawrence County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy was requested and is expected to be performed in Franklin County this week.