Steven L. Adkins, Jr., 25, of Gallipolis, Ohio, who was arrested by deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office on July 22, is the alleged shooter in the Gonzalez murder. According to officials with the Gallipolis Municipal Court, Adkins, who was wanted in Mason County, W.Va., for murder, is being charged as a fugitive from justice.
Adkins appeared in municipal court on Monday. According to court officials, Adkins did not waive extradition and requested a preliminary hearing, which has been set for Thursday at 10:15 a.m. He is currently being held in the Gallia County Jail under a $100,000 cash bond.
The other two suspects, Chad W. McCallister, 29, of Apple Grove, and Matthew C. Woods, 24, of Gallipolis Ferry, are being charged with first degree murder. Preliminary hearings in both Woods’ and McCallister’s cases have been set for Friday morning at the Mason County Magistrate Court.
McCallister and Woods were arrested by the Mason County Detachment of the West Virginia State Police on July 22 and were taken to the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville.
During the early morning hours of July 11, Gonzalez’s body was found near the front of his residence, located on Huntington Road in Gallipolis Ferry. He died of multiple gunshot wounds.
According to criminal complaints filed against Woods and McCallister in the Mason County Magistrate’s Office, the three men were together at McCallister’s Apple Grove residence on or around July 11, where the men allegedly discussed, planned and entered into a conspiracy to rob Gonzalez at his residence. Woods allegedly drove Adkins from McCallister’s home to the victim’s residence with the intent to carry out the planned robbery. Upon arrival, however, Adkins allegedly shot the victim twice, after which Adkins and Woods fled the scene and returned to McCallister’s home.
Woods and McCallister are currently being held at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville. Their respective bond amounts were not available as off press time.