Man accused in shooting to go to grand jury
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The defendant in a Memorial Day shooting incident in Martins Ferry appeared in court Wednesday and his case will go to the grand jury.
Timothy Bradley, 48, of Martins Ferry, appeared before Belmont County Northern Division Judge Chris Berhalter for a preliminary hearing.
He is charged with felonious assault, a felony of the second degree.
Charges stem from an incident where a man was reportedly shot three times, twice under the arm and once in the shoulder, possibly as a result of a disagreement over money for work.
The victim was treated at a Pittsburgh-area hospital.
On Wednesday, Assistant Prosecutor Scott Lloyd asked that the case be directed to the common pleas court.
“Given the nature of this case and the quite voluminous amount of video evidence to be gone through, medical records obtained, alternately the time issues…I have made the decision that the best course of action would be dismissal of direct presentation for grand jury,” Lloyd said.
Martins Ferry police have said body camera footage from three officers and surveillance video from two different residents’ homes must be reviewed.
He added he and Bradley’s defense counsel, Adam Myser, have agreed all weapons turned over to the Martins Ferry Police Department will remain in custody throughout the duration of the case.
“We understand that there is an ongoing investigation. We understand the gravity of that investigation,” Myser said.
“Mr. Bradley, with the matter dismissed, I have no legal authority to order you to have no contact with the alleged victim, but you do understand if you undertake that, that could lead to additional criminal charges, and that’s not helpful for your situation,” Berhalter said.