CATLETTSBURG Zachery Tarleton, one of two 24-year-old Ohio men charged with murder in the death of a 21-year-old Ashland man, is scheduled for arraignment Friday in Boyd County District Court.
Tarleton, of Kitts Hill, and Jacob Lane, of Franklin-Furnace, are accused of collaborating to rob and kill Justin Reeder in Ashland.
Reeder was reported missing on Oct. 17. Lane initially denied involvement in Reeder’s disappearance when questioned by the Ashland Police Department, but later admitted he shot Reeder in the head on Oct. 16, Chief Todd Kelley said.
Lane also disclosed the location of Reeder’s body, which authorities found hidden on Oct. 24 along Tunnel Ridge Road near Ironton.
On Oct. 26, Lane was arraigned in Boyd County Circuit Court, where he pleaded not guilty to murder.
In addition to first-degree robbery, Lane faces a second-degree burglary charge. Reeder’s parents told police they believe Lane broke into their home and stole money and narcotics a few days after their son disappeared.
On Nov. 1, Kelley named Tarleton as a second suspect in the case. An arrest warrant was issued on a first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery charge. But after new evidence emerged, Tarleton was additionally charged with murder.
Tarleton, accused of providing the handgun Lane allegedly used to kill Reeder, was indicted by a Boyd County grand jury on Nov. 28. He turned himself in to the Boyd County Sheriff’s Department on Dec. 5.
Tartleton will appear before Boyd Circuit Judge George Davis at 11 a.m. Friday to be arraigned for murder and conspiring to commit robbery.
Lane and Tarleton are jailed at the Boyd County Detention Center. Tarleton’s bond is set at $10,000, while Lane is being held without bond.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky State Police, the Lawrence County Coroner’s office and Justice’s office were among the agencies that have assisted Ashland police in the investigation.
The case against Lane is death penalty-eligible, a rare circumstance in Boyd County that hasn’t taken place in more than 10 years, according to Boyd Commonwealth’s Attorney David Justice.
By state law, murder cases are death-penalty eligible if the capital offense was committed during the attempt of another specified felony, such as rape, kidnapping or robbery.
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