GALLIPOLIS — A mother and son, arrested following a Valentine’s Day burglary at a Bidwell-area residence, recently had indictments handed down against them by a grand jury and were present in court this week to face felony charges.
Steven S. Davis, 39, and Sharon Davis, 56, both of Gallipolis, were arraigned in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County on Monday following their arrest last month by deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the original complaint filed with the Gallipolis Municipal Court on Feb. 18, the suspects were arrested after law enforcement officials were alerted to a burglary that had occurred on Feb. 14 at a residence on Prospect Church Road.
Reportedly, the homeowner had returned to the residence and had discovered that it had been forcibly entered and property had been stolen, including guns, credit cards, a television, a laptop, and lock box containing miscellaneous papers.
Following an investigation, deputies reportedly determined that Steven Davis had used one of the stolen credit cards on Feb. 14 in Oak Hill, Ohio.
The burglary suspect was reportedly later located at his Georges Creek Road residence and was allegedly found in the possession of stolen property from several different burglaries, including the Prospect Church Road burglary.
In addition, the suspect’s mother, Sharon Davis had, after being contacted by deputies investigating her son as suspect in the Feb. 14 burglary, burned personal effects belonging to the victims in an alleged attempt to conceal that her son had committed the offense.
Both suspects later appeared in the municipal court, where their cases were bound over to the common pleas court and were heard by a grand jury earlier this month.
During his hearing on Monday, Davis pleaded not guilty to a third-degree felony charge of burglary and to a fifth-degree felony charge of receiving stolen property after he was allegedly in the possession of a laptop belonging to the victim of the Prospect Church Road burglary.
His bond was continued at $3,000, 10 percent, from the municipal court, with an additional bond of $1,500, 10 percent.
Steven Davis is being represented in this case by public defender Graham Woodyard. A negotiated plea agreement in this case may be filed by June 13. A jury trial has scheduled for July 14.
Sharon Davis pleaded not guilty on Monday to a third-degree felony charge of tampering with evidence.
Her bond was set at $15,000, own recognizance, with an additional bond of $1,500, 10 percent.
She is being represented by public defender Barbara Wallen. A plea agreement in this case may be filed by May 19. A jury trial has been scheduled for June 5.
Both defendants were ordered to have no contact with the person or property of the victims in this case. Bond was posted for their release from the Gallia County Jail on March 18.