May 27, 2024

Third Suspect Arrested in Kane Roush Homicide

POMEROY, Ohio – Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood and Meigs County Prosecutor James Stanley report that on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 the Major Crimes Task Force obtained an arrest warrant for Richard K. Walker Jr, 20, of South Charleston, WV in connection with the murder of Kane Roush that occurred on April 4, 2021.

Walker was taken into custody in South Charleston, West Virginia late this afternoon. Walker has been charged with Murder, a felony of the first degree and he is currently being housed in West Virginia awaiting extradition back to Ohio. Walker is the third individual identified in the Pomeroy homicide from Easter Sunday in 2021. 

Sheriff Wood would like to thank the South Charleston Police Department, the Charleston Police Department, and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for their recent assistance in the arrests of Keontae Nelson and Richard Walker Jr.

Nelson was arrested and charged for Conspiracy to Murder a felony of the first degree and Complicity to Murder, an unclassified felony. Nelson was the second person arrested. He has been extradited to Meigs County. Nelson was arraigned in Meigs County Court before Judge Michael Barr. Judge Barr set Nelson’s bond at $2 million cash or surety.

Charges for Walker and Nelson have not been brought to a grand jury yet given their recent arrests.

Jaquan Hall was the first suspect arrested in the case. He was indicted on charges on June 17, 2021 for Aggravated Murder, an unclassified felony, Murder, an unclassified felony, Complicity, an unclassified murder, and Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Murder, a felony of the first degree all related to the death of Kane Roush.

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Washington, Morgan, Noble, Monroe, Meigs, and Athens County Major Crimes Task Force is part of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s Organized Crime Investigation Commission and is comprised of representatives of the Washington, Morgan, Noble, Monroe, Meigs, and Athens County Sheriff’s Offices; the Marietta, Belpre, Middleport, and McConnelsville Police Departments; the Washington, Morgan, Noble, Monroe, Meigs, and Athens County Prosecutor’s Offices; and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.