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Prosecution moves forward in Harrison County homicide investigation

Updated: Thursday, April 10 2014, 06:34 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio - After more than two weeks on the run, Harrison County murder suspects Matthew Dowdel and Eve Kelley are a few steps away from a return to the Ohio Valley.
During the past few weeks, we've grown accustomed to seeing members of the Cadiz Police Department and the Harrison County Sheriff's Office in the homicide case involving the suspects.  
After Friday's grand jury hearing, the focus will shift from investigation to prosecution and that means we'll be seeing more of Harrison County Prosecutor Michael Washington as he works to resolve this case.
Washington said he anticipates Dowdel and Kelley's return within 30 days, but it could take longer because of felony charges the two face out of Florida.
Regardless of when they return, the prosecutor is moving forward with Friday's grand jury hearing.
Washington said they are still waiting on a full autopsy report and on evidence taken from the stolen vehicle in Florida. But they'll move forward anyway because they have subpoenaed the necessary witnesses for the hearing.
He also said local investigators learned more on their trip to Florida.
"Our understanding of the criminal offense has changed a little bit since Detective (Bill) Jones and Sgt. (Christopher) Mazeroski from the Sherriff's Office and Cadiz Police, respectively, went to Florida and interviewed at least one of the defendants."
Washington reiterated that Dowdel has been charged with murder and that Kelley has been charged with complicity to murder, but he wouldn't talk about any additional charges the two could face.
Washington said the indictments could be handed down Friday night or Monday.
If you want to see more of NEWS9's Ryan Eldredge's interview with the prosecutor or to learn more about the case, he will have a full breakdown at 11 on news nine tonight.

Prosecution moves forward in Harrison County homicide investigation


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