Emotions run high in Morgan County murder trial

McCONNELSVILLE, Ohio – The family of a man who was shot and killed in Morgan County last year wept, some leaving the courtroom, as the trial against his accused murder continued Tuesday in Morgan County Common Pleas Court with photographs of the victim’s recovered body presented as evidence.

Timmy Stevens, 40, rarely looked and occasionally wiped at his eyes as the prosecution projected photos of the decomposed body of 36-year-old John Davis III onto the wall in the dimly lit courtroom.

Stevens is charged with murder and felonious assault for a June 12, 2012 shooting which occurred at a home just south of Malta on Morgan County Road 2. Stevens allegedly killed Davis III of Plain City and shot a 3-year-old boy, later hiding Davis’ body in the woods.

According to earlier testimony, the two men were friends who got into an argument, resulting in the shooting, which the child and his mother witnessed.

The body was recovered near a creek on Bald Eagle Road in Morgan County more than a week after the shooting took place by a man who was riding four-wheelers with his 12-year-old son.

Stevens’ attorney, public defender Greg Meyers, admitted during opening statements Monday that Stevens shot Davis and then disposed of the body because “he panicked.”

However, Meyers contends the shooting was an act of self-defense.