WAPAKONETA — Three Columbus area residents have been charged with murder and an assortment of related charges in the April 2018 shooting death of Dexter Turner at a condominium on the south side of Grand Lake St. Marys.
Turner, 47, and his son, Alim Amir Turner, 25, were shot April 11, 2018, at a residence believed to be the home of one of the men.
Auglaize County officials received a 911 call at approximately 3:22 a.m. that day from a male who stated he had been shot, Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said in a statement issued a few hours after the incident.
There had been no new public developments announced in the case during the ensuing 17 months until Friday, when Solomon issued a statement that three people had been arrested in connection with the case.
The sheriff would not discuss details of the case but thanked law enforcement agencies from across the state for their assistance that led to the arrests.
“This has been a long, intense investigation, involving more than one agency, including a few from outside the area. We appreciated their assistance. These agencies include the St Marys fire and police departments, Celina fire department, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Columbus Police Department, Whitehall Police Department and Lima Police Department,” Solomon said. “Due to the nature of the investigation, we will not be making any further comments.”
Syniqua Bell, 30, of Columbus, was arrested Aug. 22 and is being held in the Auglaize County jail on $500,000 bond. She is charged with two counts of murder, one count of aggravated murder, one count of attempted aggravated murder and two counts of attempted murder, all first-degree felonies. Bell is also charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and obstructing justice, a felony of the third degree.
She will be arraigned Wednesday in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court.
Jacar A. Bitting, 27, also of the Columbus area, was arrested Sept. 9 on charges of aggravated murder with a firearm specification, two counts of murder with firearm specifications and three counts of attempted murder, each with firearm specifications. Bitting is also facing charges of felonious assault with a gun spec, a second-degree felony, and having weapons under disability, a felony of the third degree.
He is being held without bond. His arraignment is set for Monday in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court.
On Thursday, police arrested Keith T. Waddell, 31, from Columbus. Waddell is also known by aliases that include Keith Tyrone Bitting and Keith Tyrone, according to court records. He is charged with aggravated murder with a firearm spec, two counts of murder with gun specs, and three counts of attempted murder, each with firearm specifications. He is also charged with of felonious assault with a gun spec, a second-degree felony, and having weapons under disability, a felony of the third degree.
Waddell is awaiting his initial appearance in court.
Suspects may be charged under Ohio law with multiple counts of murder even though there is a single victim. The applicable section of the Ohio Revised Code states that no person “shall cause the death of another as a proximate result of the offender’s committing or attempting to commit an offense of violence that is a felony of the first or second degree.”
Anyone found guilty under that statute will be sentenced only on a single count of murder or attempted murder.