Burglary suspect bond continued at $500,000

MARIETTA – Bond for accused burglary suspect Ira D. Blair, 28, of 139 Groves Ave. was continued at $500,000 Friday.

Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Ed Lane continued the bond while he took time to think over the defense’s request for a reduced personal recognizance bond, said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.

Blair was found bleeding and asleep inside 423 Third St. on April 3, according to the building’s owner, David Martin. This was the same day a dead body was found inside Blair’s Groves Avenue home. No one has been arrested in connection with the death. Police have not said Blair is a suspect.

An autopsy for the deceased, 68-year-old Frank Stephens, was completed in Montgomery County but the Marietta Police Department is withholding the findings, citing the ongoing investigation.

Blair’s attorney, Rolf Baumgartel, argued at his preliminary hearing the $500,000 bond was too high for the fourth-degree felony count of burglary for which Blair has been charged. Baumgartel is now asking for a personal recognizance bond.

Lane will likely make a ruling about the bond today or Wednesday, said Schneider.