CROWN CITY — Local law enforcement and area fire departments responded to an early morning fire Tuesday on Elliott Road not far from where a local student was gunned down last week. According to the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, property belonging to the man accused of shooting Charles Addis was ablaze Tuesday morning at his Elliott Road address.
Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning told the Gallipolis Daily Tribune that local law enforcement and area fire departments were dispatched to Bruce A. Hively’s property on Elliott Road at approximately 5:30 a.m. after reports of fire.
Witnesses on the scene said that there were several fires, claiming at least one storage building and what appear to be junked vehicles around the property. Witnesses said the mobile home Hively previously used as a part-time residence was not burned.
The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office is leading the investigation into the fire.
Hively, 56, was recently arrested following the shooting death of Addis, 18, at approximately 6:12 p.m. last Thursday evening. He has been charged with murder and aggravated murder in the case.
The shooting reportedly occurred at the intersection of Hannan Trace Road and Elliott Road in Harrison Township in the vicinity of Dickey Chapel Church.
The factual statements attached to the complaints explain a scene whereby Hively, who reportedly had an ongoing dispute with the victim, drove past Addis, as well as Anthony Knepper and Aaron Addis at the intersection of Elliott and Hannan Trace Roads, and then turned around and came back to where they were.
Hively reportedly exited his vehicle where a confrontation ensued between himself and the victim, Knepper and Aaron Addis.
This confrontation reportedly lead to Hively shooting and killing Charles Addis, and, according to the complaint, Hively “shot Charles Addis twice while he was standing and twice while he lay on the ground.”
Shortly thereafter, deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene and Hively was taken into custoy wihtout incident.
Agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI) were later called to the scene to aid in the investigation of the shooting.
The victim, who was reportedly a student at Buckeye Hills Career Center, had a listed address on Hannan Trace Road.
Court documents list Hively’s address as 510 Elliott Road, however, according to Browning, while the suspect does own property on Elliott Road, he had been residing in Point Pleasant, W.Va, prior to his arrest.
During Monday’s hearing before Municipal Court Judge Margaret Evans, Hively was charged with murder and aggravated murder. His bond has been set at $1 million, 10 percent. A preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. on April 15 in the municipal courtroom.
Following the preliminary hearing, it is expected that this case will be bound over to the Gallia County Common Pleas Court where it will be heard by a grand jury.
Hively is currently being held in the Gallia County Jail. He has retained defense attorney Charles Knight as counsel.