GALLIPOLIS — Following a two-day jury trial in the Gallia County Court of Common Pleas, a Kentucky man was found guilty of complicity to burglary following a 2009 burglary at a Gallia County home that resulted in the theft of several classic guitars valued at over $50,000.
Riley Keith Marcum, 26, Hardy, Ky., formerly of Williamson, W.Va., pleaded not guilty to one count of burglary, a third degree felony, in September 2011 following a burglary at a residence on Ohio 218 that occurred on April 23, 2009.
Reportedly, 10 guitars were taken from the residence during the burglary, including a 1938 Martin D-18 guitar and a 1941 Martin D-28 guitar. According to reports, deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office later recovered one of the guitars.
A warrant was issued for Marcum’s arrest in relation to this case in late September 2010, he was arrested in Pike County, Kentucky, on a warrant nearly a year later in September 2011 and waived extradition in a Pike County District Court on September 19, 2011, before being transported to the Gallia County Jail.
During his arraignment, Marcum’s bond was set at $50,000, 10 percent, and he later posted bond for his release.
Marcum later failed to appear for a jury trial on April 23, 2012, in the common pleas court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On April 24, Marcum was arrested and a jury trial was rescheduled for May 30. Attorney for the defense, Charles Knight, also later withdrew as counsel in this case and public defender Rick Hedges was appointed to represent the defendant.
Bond was posted for Marcum’s release on May 2.
Following the jury trial last week, the jury received the case at approximately 3:50 p.m. on Thursday. After deliberating, the jury returned at 6:37 p.m. with a verdict of guilty of complicity to burglary.
A pre-sentence investigation was ordered to be completed in this case by the Adult Probation Department and a sentencing hearing will be held at 11 a.m. on June 26 in the common pleas court.