Last updated: March 10. 2014 6:59PM - 2249 Views
Amber Gillenwater agillenwater@civitasmedia.com

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JACKSON — A Gallia County man appeared in a Jackson County court Monday to face a charge of murder following his arrest Saturday for his alleged involvement in the death of a Jackson County man.

The man’s body was found over the weekend in Gallia County.

James Arrowood, 27, of 2134 German Hollow Road, Patriot, is being held in Jackson County on a $1 million, 10-percent bond, following his arraignment Monday before Jackson County Municipal Court Judge Mark T. Musick.

According to a press release issued Sunday afternoon by Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier, Arrowood was apprehended following the discovery of the body of a missing Jackson County man on Saturday evening.

The arrest was reportedly the result of an investigation initiated last Wednesday following the reported disappearance of Aaron Charles of Jackson County. According to Frazier, those close to Charles told deputies they had not seen or heard from him for several days prior to March 5.

On Saturday, the ongoing investigation resulted in the discovery of the deceased body of Charles at a location in Gallia County that has not yet been disclosed by investigators.

Also on Saturday, multiple search warrants were secured and executed in both Jackson and Gallia counties by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, according to Frazier. Special agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation also reportedly assisted with processing multiple possible crime scenes.

During Monday’s hearing, Arrowood was charged with first-degree murder. He is retaining counsel in this case.

The next hearing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. March 18 in Jackson Municipal Court. It is expected that the case will later be bound over to the Jackson County Common Pleas Court, where it will heard by a grand jury.

Additional information is being withheld at this time pending further investigation. Further details will be released as they are made available by investigators.

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