Note: This story appears in the Friday, Nov. 30 newspaper on Page A1.
A second person has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the shooting death of a 55-year-old man on Sunday morning at a West Washington Street apartment in Athens.
Bernard Mitchell, 23, of Athens, is being held at Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond. He is charged with involuntary manslaughter and robbery, both felonies.
He made his initial appearance in Athens County Municipal Court on Wednesday morning via video call from the jail. This came after another suspect in the case, Michael Allen Russell, 18, was also arraigned on charges of involuntary manslaughter and robbery.
Charles Duncan Sr., 55, was killed in the Sunday morning shooting at 221 W. Washington St., Athens.
As The Messenger previously reported, Russell turned himself into police on Tuesday after authorities identified him as a suspect in the shooting. Mitchell was arrested the same day.
According to an affidavit the Athens Police Department filed to get an arrest warrant, Russell allegedly visited the apartment with two accomplices in an attempt to take $50 from Duncan. Mitchell is alleged to have been one of those accomplices.
According to court documents, Mitchell allegedly kicked at the apartment door to attempt a forced entry. Russell then allegedly fired a single shot through the door, which struck Duncan who was inside.
A female caller told a 911 dispatcher that Duncan was shot “between the neck and his shoulder blade.” He died at the scene.
Police respond to many calls for service at West Washington Street address
The apartment in question is among six rental units inside a building featuring the addresses of 219 and 221 W. Washington St., according to records from the Athens County Auditor’s Office.
The Athens Police Department reported a total of 46 calls for service at the 219/221 W. Washington St. addresses in the two years preceding Sunday’s shooting, records show. These calls include numerous reports of burglaries, thefts, “domestic troubles,” welfare checks, suspicious persons, assaults and other incidents of varying severity.
The majority of these 46 calls are listed simply by the main address, with no specific apartment number identified. However, there are 10 calls for service listed for the apartment where the shooting took place. This ranged from April 9 through Nov. 25, 2018 — the latter date being when the shooting took place.
Messenger Editor Tyler Buchanan contributed reporting.