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Accused murderer pleads insanity

In other case, burglary co-defendants sentenced to prison

A woman accused of killing her husband and hiding his body in a basement refrigerator has entered an insanity plea.

Tina M. Campbell-Adkins, 43, of 603 Rockwood Ave., Chesapeake, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, changing from her original plea of not guilty in Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Charles Cooper’s courtroom.

Campbell-Adkins is accused of killing her husband, David Adkins, in the early spring of last year and then putting his body in a refrigerator locked by a chain and padlock. An evaluation was completed and admitted into the court two weeks ago, however, those findings were inconclusive.

With the not guilty by reason of insanity plea, Campbell-Adkins is set to undergo a second evaluation to determine if she is competent to stand trial. Pending the results of the second evaluation, trial is set for March 19 and could last a week.

Attorneys Mike Davenport and Jason Smith represent Campbell-Adkins.

In a separate case, two co-defendants were sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison between the two of them Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Brian S. Blake, 29, of 27657 E. Lynn Road, Wayne, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary, all second-degree felonies, and Keturah Adkins, 35, of 1028 Township Road 107, Scottown, pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary, all second-degree felonies, and theft of a motor vehicle, a felony of the fourth-degree.

Cooper sentenced Blake to a total of nine years in prison and Adkins to a total of 10 years in prison.

In other cases:

• Phillip S. Morrison, 45, of 113 Columbus St., South Point, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor of the second-degree. Cooper sentenced him to a total of three years in prison.

• Jennifer A. Pennington, 34, of 1706 Hilton Ave., Ashland, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. In exchange for her guilty plea, a third-degree tampering with evidence charge was nolled. Cooper sentenced her to 180 days in jail.

• Shannon Reaper, 42, of 2425 S. Fourth St., Ironton, pleaded not guilty to felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and disrupting public services, a fourth-degree felony. Cooper set bond at $15,000 cash or surety and $10,000 OR. Pretrial was set for Jan. 24.

• Jonathon Bowman, 19, of 1724 Campbell Drive, Ironton, admitted community-controlled sanctions (CCS) violations. Judge Andy Ballard sentenced him to six months in jail.

• Jeremiah Doss, 32, of 13013 State Route 243, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. He was eligible for treatment in lieu of conviction, and Ballard ordered him to complete treatment at Mended Reeds and set a $25,000 OR bond.

• David K. Hess, 22, of 38 Township Road, Chesapeake, denied CCS violations. Ballard set bond at $25,000 cash or surety and $25,000 OR. CCS trial was set for Jan. 17. In another case, Hess was arraigned on three counts of fifth-degree forgery.

• Katey Hinton, 35, of 561 County Road 171, Scottown, admitted CCS violations. Ballard sentenced her to 10 months in prison.

• Tara Jiles, 37, of 707 Etna St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and driving under suspension, a misdemeanor of the first-degree. Ballard sentenced her to two years in prison with credit for three months served, gave her a three-month driver’s license suspension, and ordered her to pay a $1,500 fine and court costs. After six months, she will be eligible for judicial release to go to STAR.

• Paul L. Walker, 48, of 552 County Road 12, Proctorville, pleaded not guilty to possession of drugs (heroin), a fifth-degree felony. Ballard set bond at $25,000 cash or surety and $25,000 OR. Pretrial was set for Jan. 31.

• Jay Wolfe, 37, of 207 Rockwood Ave., Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. He was eligible for treatment in lieu of conviction, and Ballard ordered him to complete treatment at Riverside Recovery Services and 200 hours community service.

• Megan Lawhon, 25, of 1873 County Road 1, South Point, pleaded not guilty to possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony, and possession of drug abuse instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor. Ballard set bond at $10,000 OR. Pretrial was set for Jan. 31.