POMEROY— Bail was set at $1 million for a West Virginia man charged in the death of another man found in a Meigs County gravel pit.
Christopher M. Dailey, 44, of Sandyville, W.Va., was arraigned Wednesday in Meigs County Common Pleas Court on charges of aggravated murder in the death of Brandon M. Lupardus, 30, of Milwood, W.Va.,
According to an earlier report, the body of Lupardus was found by a worker on the property of the Shelley Gravel Company in Portland on around 4 p.m. June 19.
Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood said deputies responded to the scene, along with Meigs County Emergency Medical Services.
After securing the area, sheriff’s deputies called the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for assistance. The Meigs County coroner’s investigator was also present at the site.
A tip enabled law enforcement officials to quickly identify Dailey as a possible suspect.
Meigs deputies, together with agents from Ohio BCI and Gallia-Meigs Task Force, detectives from Jackson County BCI, Jackson County (W.Va.) Sheriff’s Department, Ravenswood (W.Va.) Police Department, Ripley Police Department, Parkersburg (W.Va.) Police Department and the West Virginia State Police and Meigs deputies, worked through the night to locate Dailey.
Upon apprehending the suspect in Wood County, W.Va., an arrest was made on a criminal charge of murder as issued from the Meigs County Court of Common Pleas.
Dailey was taken to a Wood County facility until his extradition to Ohio, and has been housed in Washington County Jail in Marietta waiting arraignment.
He made his first appearance Wednesday before Judge I. Carson Crow, where he was indicted on charges of aggravated murder, a Class One felony, with an enhancement, or special felony attached, due to possession of a firearm at the time of his arrest.
The $1 million bond is required to be paid in full with either cash or asset before Dailey can be released.
Law enforcement officials said they are not at liberty to release further information about the case until the investigation into Lupardus’ death is completed.
Reach Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155, Ext. 2551.