Murder suspect’s bond set at $500K

Bond was set at $500,000 Friday for Marietta murder suspect Ira David Blair.

Marietta Municipal Court Judge Janet Dyar Welch ordered the bond Friday morning in Marietta Municipal Court as Blair, 28, of 139 Groves Ave., was arraigned via video from the Washington County Jail on the charge.

Asked about a bond argument, Washington County Assistant Public Defender Randall Jedlink said he would defer the bond issue to Blair’s attorney, Rolf Baumgartel, to discuss at a later date.

“Well, for a murder charge bond is typically half a million dollars so that’s where we’ll set it,” said Welch.

The $500,000 bond will be added to the $100,000 bond currently set for Blair in his burglary case.

Blair was arrested April 2 on a fourth-degree felony count of burglary after he was discovered asleep in an upstairs bedroom at 423 Third St. Blair had apparently kicked in a door to gain entry, police said at the time.

Hours after his burglary arrest, 68-year-old Frank B. Stephens was found dead inside Blair’s Groves Avenue residence. He had been beaten and stabbed.

Stephens was friends with the home’s other resident, Richard Haught, who is believed to be a witness to the murder.

Blair was charged with the murder Thursday, after the Marietta Police Department received a final autopsy report and forensic analysis that concluded Stephens’ blood was found on Blair.

Acting on behalf of Baumgartel, Jedlink requested a preliminary hearing in the murder case.

Welch granted the hearing and set it for Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.