An Ironton woman accused of murder waived her right to a speedy trial for the second time Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.
Ashley Seagraves, 23, who is listed as homeless, waived time for charges of first-degree aggravated burglary and third-degree tampering with evidence. Seagraves pleaded not guilty to the charges in September.
A Lawrence County Grand Jury indicted Seagraves in late August for the charges, which Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson said at the time are connected to the murder of Elizabeth Township resident Delmar Jenkins. Seagraves allegedly took a safe from Jenkins’ home.
Seagraves was charged with Jenkins’ murder in June. She allegedly shot and killed the 53-year-old man in his home while he slept.
Seagraves was later charged with two counts of felonious assault after she allegedly attacked a jail matron while incarcerated on the murder charges.
Seagraves allegedly used an item she fashioned into a sharp weapon and attacked the jail matron. Seagraves also allegedly tried to choke that matron.
Mental evaluations that stated Seagraves was competent at the time of the murder and that she is competent to stand trial were submitted into evidence in August.
With the initial charges, Seagraves faces 18 years to life if convicted. With the new charges, Anderson said she faces a sentence of 38 years to life if convicted and if all sentences run concurrently.
Seagraves remains in jail on a $1 million cash bond. Judge Charles Cooper set a pretrial for Sept. 19.
Michelle Goodman - The Ironton Tribune, Ohio (MCT)
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