Bonham Indicted for Aggravated Murders, Price Indicted for Obstructing Justice
October 25, 2015 - 2:04 PM
MOUNT VERNON – The Knox County Grand
Jury indicted Travis Bonham on two counts of aggravated murder for the killings
of his mother, Sandra Stelk, and his girlfriend, Jaime Linn Barber. The Grand
Jury also indicted Bonham for theft of a firearm, tampering with evidence, and
having a weapon under disability.The
Grand Jury also indicted Ashli Price, 29, of Mount Vernon, for Obstructing
Justice, a third-degree felony, for knowingly harboring Bonham for several days
following the murders.According to Knox
County Prosecutor Chip McConville, the Grand Jury met for about three and a
half hours hearing evidence and deliberating on the cases.
The indictment alleges that Bonham
purposely killed his mother and girlfriend while “under detention.”McConville explained that under Ohio law, a
person who is on post-release control or parole supervision is considered to be
under detention for the purposes of aggravated murder, even though they are not
in custody.Each charge of aggravated
murder carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole. “The Grand
Jury did not indict this case with a death penalty specification,” McConville
said.As previously reported, Bonham
confessed to shooting both women with a pistol while high on bath salts.Each aggravated murder charge also has a
firearm specification which carries a mandatory three-year prison term to be
served prior to other terms.
In addition to the murders, Bonham
has been charged with theft of a firearm, a third degree felony, for removing
the pistol, which belonged to Stelk, from the residence.He also faces a charge of having a weapon
under disability, also a third-degree felony.Bonham has prior felony domestic violence convictions which prevent him
from legally possessing a firearm.Finally, Bonham has been charged with tampering with evidence, a
third-degree felony, for destroying a cell phone he was carrying after the
murders.Law enforcement had been
pinging the phone to attempt to find Bonham’s location.
Ashli Price faces a prison term of
up to 36 months on the Obstructing Justice charge. Arraignments will likely
occur in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas later this week.
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