Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, June 5 newspaper on Page A1.
Athens County law enforcement officials have alleged that a dispute over a truck led to the May 23 shooting death of Andrew Everett, but also have said Everett wasn’t involved in causing that dispute.
An affidavit filed to get a warrant to search the truck outlines information investigators gathered about the origins of the dispute and how the shooting allegedly occurred.
Andy Doczi, 37, of Middleport, was indicted Monday by an Athens County grand jury on charges of aggravated murder, murder, tampering with evidence and having a weapon while under disability, the alleged disability being that Doczi is drug dependent.
According to information in the affidavit, Doczi allegedly loaned his girlfriend’s truck to two people to pick up a pound of methamphetamine in Gallia County as part of a drug deal. The drug deal never happened, and the truck was not returned.
At that point, Everett was not involved.
The affidavit, filed by an Athens County sheriff’s detective, states that Doczi allegedly made repeated attempts to contact one of the people with the truck.
A toolbox that had been in the truck was allegedly sold by one of the people having the truck. At one point, Doczi’s girlfriend reported the truck stolen, according to the affidavit.
The two people with the truck picked up Everett and a woman, and went to a residence on Fossil Rock Road, near Shade.
On Thursday, May 23 at about 3:39 a.m., Everett was asked to move the truck behind the residence. Everett went outside, started the truck, after which yelling and multiple gunshots were heard, according to information in the affidavit.
Doczi allegedly told investigators that he had been on the Fossil Rock Road property for about an hour, and at one point watched a man — later determined to be Everett — get in the truck and “mud run” with it.
Doczi allegedly confronted the man in the truck and shots were fired, the affidavit states.
One of the people who allegedly took the truck came outside with a machete, and Doczi allegedly demanded his tool box back. When threatened with the police being called, Doczi left with the truck, according to the description of the incident contained in the affidavit. Another person had gone with Doczi to the property, and left in a car.
At about 4:30 a.m., Doczi’s girlfriend called law enforcement to report that her boyfriend had recovered the truck, according to the affidavit.
Those at the house attempted to locate Everett in the dark after hearing the shots, but he was not found. At about 8 a.m., Everett’s body was discovered.
The warrant for searching the truck was executed Monday. The inventory from the search lists two cell phones, a purse and several swabs.
Assistant Prosecutor Meg Saunders told The Messenger on Monday that the weapon-under-disability charge alleges that Doczi is drug dependent. The published article Tuesday mistakenly used the victim’s name instead of Doczi’s in that sentence. The online version of the story has been corrected.