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Cold case arrest

Man arrested in 2012 slaying of Melinda Todd

LISBON — Nearly seven years after Melinda Todd was beaten to death with an object in her Salem Township home, Kevin E. Kirby has been charged with aggravated murder in connection to it.

Chief Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble said the prosecutor’s office investigators teamed up with two investigators from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for two years in order to solve the 2012 cold case homicide. The investigation led to grand jury indicting Kirby last week.

The 44-year-old Kirby is also charged with attempted murder for allegedly causing severe injuries to Todd’s 5-year-old grandson as well as with tampering with evidence.

At the age of 43, Todd was found dead in her state Route 45 home south of Salem in the late afternoon of Dec. 3, 2012. The cause of death was later determined to be from a blunt instrument. Her grandson had also been attacked and had severe head injuries but survived the ordeal, going through multiple surgeries and months of physical therapy.

Kirby was served with the indictment at the Belmont Correctional Institute where he is currently incarcerated on an unrelated felony charge. His last known address is listed in court records as North Market Street, Lisbon. In April in that unrelated case, Kirby was sentenced to serve nine months in prison for charges of workers’ compensation fraud, theft and 11 counts of tampering with evidence.

Gamble expressed gratitude to Ohio Attorney General David Yost for offering the assistance of cold case investigators Chuck Moran and Cory Momchilov, whom Gamble describes as some of the finest law enforcement officers he has worked with in 30 years.

“This indictment would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the cold case team, which included investigators from our office,” Gamble said. “It has been a privilege to work with these extraordinary detectives over the last two years with whom we have worked diligently to bring justice for the family of Melinda Todd and her grandson. My thanks to the attorney general for making Chuck Moran available to us.”

Yost had issued a press release in June urging anyone in the public to come forward with any information regarding Todd’s murder.

His office also has been looking into the cold case murder of William S. Young Jr., 69, who was found shot to death Aug. 10, 2010, in the woods behind his home on Spring Valley Road near Highlandtown Lake.

Huntington National Bank officials alerted authorities someone posing as Young tried to cash a $3,500 check from his account at its Calcutta branch, which led to the conviction of Charles Bogart Jr., for charges relating to the checks, his possession of Young’s property including his wallet and truck. However, no one has been charged with Young’s murder.

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