Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger told The Vandalia Leader last week that a fourth kidnapping suspect is awaiting a February 6, 2012 hearing in Audrain County.
Brandon Martin has entered a plea of not guilty on felony kidnapping charges for the kidnapping of James William Boyd McNeely in December 2009.
According to a probable cause statement, Martin said he was living at the Chester Harvey, Jr. residence in Laddonia during the time of the homicide.
Martin stated he left the home with the Harvey family to travel to a Farber residence and though he claims he didn’t enter the home, he admitted to knowing McNeely was in the residence.
The next morning Chester Harvey, Jr. reportedly asked Martin to -portedly asked Martin to join him in the basement of the Laddonia home as he had “something to show him.”
Martin admits to seeing five Harveys in the basement and helped watch McNeely so he wouldn’t escape though he was bound with a rope and lying on a mattreess.
According to Martin, the family and him stayed up all night until Chester Harvey, Jr. reportedly tied McNeely to a chair and later brought a black trash bag down the steps.
Martin, in the probable cause statement, said he knew what was going to happen so he ran out of the Harvey residence.
He returned later and was told by Chester Harvey, Jr. to buy a tarp at Wal-Mart that he stated he knew was going to be used to wrap McNeely’s body in for disposal.
Rest of the charges
One day after Martin’s hearing, Darrill Lynn will receive his sentencing in Warren County.
On December 6, kidnapping suspect Darrill Lynn withdrew his prior pleas of not guilty and entered a voluntary and unequivocal Alford plea to a Class B Felony kidnapping charge. Lynn was represented by attorney Donald Gerard.
Six days later, kidnapping suspect Jackie Don Moss began serving a two year sentence in the Department of Corrections after being charged with attempted kidnapping, facilitating a felony, inflicting injury, and terrorizing.
Robert Allen, the third kidnapping suspect, was sentenced in May for the same charge as Darrill Lynn. Allen’s probation was denied and is serving three years in the Department of Corrections.
Read the rest of the story in the January 11 issue of The Vandalia Leader or purchase an electronic edition.