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Stepdaughter charged with obstructing justice in Depot Road murder

LISBON — The stepdaughter of the Depot Road woman shot and killed on her porch on March 18 has now been charged with obstructing justice for failing to cooperate and provide investigators with truthful information.

An April 7 preliminary hearing was set for Alyssa McGuire, 28, state Route 644, Salineville, who appeared by video arraignment Friday morning before county Municipal Court Judge Katelyn Dickey. She is being held in the county jail with bond set at $50,000 cash or surety.

Like her boyfriend, Justin M. Givens, Alyssa McGuire indicated she plans to hire defense attorney James Wise. Givens is facing a charge for a weapon found in one of his vehicles while investigators were working on the murder case of MaryAnn McGuire.

According to court documents, detectives from the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office interviewed Alyssa McGuire on March 19, during which she told them she and Givens ran their coon dogs in the Unity area.

Later she recanted that story and told detectives they went to Beaver Creek State Park after the murder, giving details about where they parked and walked. Again she reportedly recanted the story.

Additionally, she reportedly told authorities she did not see Givens in possession of a rifle at all on March 18 or March 19, nor did she see him in possession of a handgun after the time they had left the murder scene.

When she was confronted on Thursday about that story, McGuire again recanted her story and admitted she saw him with both firearms on March 18 and March 19 and had watched him bury them.

The court documents indicated the lies McGuire told were to cover up for the murder of her stepmother by Givens.

Although Givens has not been charged with murder in connection to the death of MaryAnn McGuire, he is being held on a $1 million bond and Sheriff Brian McLaughlin has noted he is expects murder charges will be filed against Givens.

Givens, 27, state Route 644, Salineville, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Monday in county Municipal Court on a charge of having weapons while under a disability, a third-degree felony.

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