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Kirby murder trial on track

LISBON — Kevin Kirby, the man accused of aggravated murder in the beating death of Melinda Todd and the attempted murder of her young grandson in 2012, appeared briefly in Common Pleas Court on Monday morning.

Kirby, 45, North Chestnut Street, Lisbon, is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of tampering with evidence. He was indicted by the grand jury on the charges in October 2019. The aggravated murder charges are unclassified felonies, which could lead to a 15 years to life in prison on each.

During Monday’s hearing, Judge Megan Bickerton spoke about the schedule for the upcoming jury trial currently scheduled in early December with the attorneys from both sides in the case — chief assistant county prosecutor John Gamble, assistant county prosecutor Ryan Weikart, defense attorney Kelly Linger and defense attorney James Wise. Bickerton said she would like to see the case move forward as scheduled and urged all motions the attorneys plan to file to be filed as soon as possible.

The next hearing status conference is scheduled for Nov. 30 with the trial scheduled for Dec. 8.

Todd’s death on Dec. 3, 2012 in her state Route 45 home in Salem Township was ruled a homicide. Her 5-year-old grandson survived his injuries, which included severe head injuries leading to multiple surgeries and months of physical therapy.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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