Another Murder in Lexington?????

Shooting victim identified, deputies investigating

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  • Jack L Bolen

    Oh come on now if someone pulls the trigger they should be the one that should be the one. How hard is that to do?
    • Jim Wetzel · Top Commenter · Colorado Technical University

      In order for someone to be charged criminally Mr. Bolen, there has to be an “intent” to commit a criminal act. That is what they are trying to determine. How about getting off your detective armchair and let the professionals do their job.
      You will not visibly see this response on the MNJ – LOL!
    • Phil Sydnor · Major Sales at ABC Warehouse Ontario, Ohio

      Jim Wetzel It will take MONTHS to figure this out, we are already seeing how long it takes to let the public OFFICIALLY know which Deputy pulled the trigger in the other Murder around the corner when “One of the Professionals” put 14 bullets into an unarmed man in which friends called “Problem Solved”. Funny though, the armchair detectives have already determined who the Deputy was who pulled the trigger (Zehner) is his name, lets see if the BCI says anything different when they finally decide to disclose their official findings in this uncalled for act?
    • LEXINGTON — A woman is dead after a firearm went off Monday morning during an argument with a man at a home on Kings Corners Road E., according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim has been identified as Deborah Hovestadt, 41, Maj. Joe Masi said. She was getting ready to celebrate her 42nd birthday Tuesday, he said.

Hovestadt was pronounced dead at the scene, Masi said. She is believed to have been arguing with a man Masi identified as her boyfriend when the gun went off.

Masi said Hovestadt was still responsive when Washington Township Fire Department and EMS crews arrived. They were treating her for a gunshot wound for a time, he said, but ultimately left without transporting.

Richland County Coroner’s Investigator Bob Ball said Hovestadt was officially pronounced dead at 10:37 a.m. Her body is being sent to Summit County for an autopsy, he said.

Several of the Hovestadt’s relatives, including a small child, were inside the home at 1273 Kings Corners Road E. when a revolver fired around 10:13 a.m., Masi said. A woman identifying herself as Hovestadt’s daughter and two males were questioned at the scene.

The males were taken to the sheriff’s office for questioning, Masi said.

“From the brief statements we took, it’s not clear what happened,” Masi said. “We just don’t have a lot more to add at this time until we’re finished with the interviews.”

Masi said deputies believe a disagreement between a male and Hovestadt may have sparked the incident, but the circumstances of the shooting are still under investigation.

No arrests have been made.

“The manner of death has not been determined,” Masi said.

The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called in to help deputies determine what happened.
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