At the same time, other
officers were already with Ira Blair Jr at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He
was being treated for injuries and had blood on him. He told police he lived at
139 Groves Avenue along with a Richard Haught, and that their neighbor, Frank
Stephens, had been at the residence the previous night, where heavy drinking
had taken place.
Blair had been arrested that day after he allegedly broke
into an apartment on Third Street. When police woke him up and arrested him at
the apartment, Blair told them he thought he was at home on Groves Avenue.
Most of the delay in making an arrest was because of
the wait for final, very detailed autopsy results from the Montgomery County
Coroner’s Office. Those results indicated that Mr. Stephens
suffered blunt and sharp force trauma to the head and neck, the chest, the
abdomen and the extremities, and died as a result of those injuries.
Additional evidence collected in the case was sent to the
Ohio BCI laboratories to be analyzed.
Through lab testing, scientists were able to show that the victim’s
blood was found on the suspect.
And so Ira David Blair Junior was served with a murder
charge at the Washington County Jail, where he’s been held since April 2
on a burglary charge for the Third Street break-in.
Blair appears in municipal court for arraignment this