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Three indicted on murder charges in Cabell County

April 27, 2019

HUNTINGTON - Three people were indicted on murder charges in April by a Cabell County grand jury, including a man accused of shooting and killing a homeless man in October 2018.

Ronald Eugene Flowers, 44, of Michigan, was indicted on charges of murder and persons prohibited from possessing a firearm in connection with the killing of Jason Allen Shank near the intersection of 17th Street and 10th Avenue in Huntington just before 1 a.m. Oct. 18, 2018.

The Herald-Dispatch previously reported Shank, who was homeless, was discovered by area residents on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his head. Flowers was arrested around 11:45 a.m. the next day in the 1600 block of Artisan Avenue.

Flowers was denied bond in February by Cabell Circuit Judge Gregory Howard after being jailed for four months with no indictment. Flowers’ attorney, Russ Cook, said his client never received a bond and should be entitled to one.

In West Virginia, a defendant has the right for a reasonable bond to be set in every case, except for those involving first-degree murder. When someone is charged with first-degree murder, it is up to a circuit court judge to decide if a bond should be set.

Flowers remains housed in Western Regional Jail.

According to the indictment, Flowers was previously convicted of felony armed robbery in November 1999 in Michigan.

Also indicted was Earl D. Davis III, 26, who is accused of murder in connection with the death of Ronald Dale Adams, who died July 4, 2018, after injuries he suffered when Davis allegedly shot at a truck Adams was riding in as a passenger on June 28, 2018, in the 4200 block of Ohio River Road.

Davis is charged with murder and 11 counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the incident. He was originally indicted for the charges in December. He remains housed in Western Regional Jail.

Quenton Avery Sheffield, 26, was also indicted on charges of murder, malicious wounding and persons prohibited from possessing a firearm in connection with an incident that left one man dead and a woman severely injured in September 2017.

The Herald-Dispatch previously reported Sheffield was charged with murder in the death of 20-year-old Aaron William Black and the malicious wounding of 21-year-old Sydney Rice after a shooting about 1 a.m. Sept. 2, 2017, at an apartment in the 1700 block of Williams Avenue in Huntington. The incident became the city’s ninth homicide investigation of 2017 when Black later died of his injuries in the hospital.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court, Rice told police she went into a bedroom as Sheffield entered an apartment before the shooting and had a conversation with Black. Rice heard Black make a “yelp” noise a short time later, and Sheffield allegedly entered her room with a gun in his hand and shot her.

The complaint alleges that Sheffield fired once and struck Rice in the face, at which point Rice said she acted dead until he left the room and she was able to call 911. After Sheffield left the house, Rice went to find Black, who had been shot several times.

Sheffield was originally indicted in March 2018. He remains housed in Western Regional Jail.

An indictment is a formal charge made against a person by a grand jury. It does not establish guilt or innocence.

Reporter Courtney Hessler contributed to this report.

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