LIMA — A man who ordered another to collect a debt for him has been charged after that enforcer’s death.
Charles E. “C.J.” McGuire Jr., 30, was indicted Thursday on charges of murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery.
McGuire was indicted under the state’s complicity law which allows a person to be charged with a crime if he played a role in the crime, even if he did not carry out the actual act himself, Prosecutor Juergen Waldick said.
In this case, McGuire is accused of sending 29-year-old James E. Gipson to a home on Dec. 27 to collect on a debt. In exchange for collecting the $750, McGuire would forgive Gipson’s $10 or $15 debt — and Gipson would earn $200 for his time, a detective said.
Gipson brought a crowbar with him to the home on Catalpa Avenue to rob Juanita Donegan and her family, the detective said.
Donegan testified her son started out owing McGuire $40 but it quickly grew to $750 as McGuire added on interest. She said McGuire made numerous threats against her family and assaulted her husband.
When Gipson arrived at the home, Donegan’s son allowed him inside, unaware of the danger. Gipson began swinging the crowbar, she said.
Donegan’s 16-year-old son, Charles Hartman, charged Gipson and a struggle ensued. The son stabbed Gipson in the torso during the fight. Gipson staggered out of the house, collapsed a short distance away and died, a detective said.