$650,000 bond in July 4th shooting
A $650,000 bond was set Monday for a Parma man accused of snorting an unknown drug and shooting his mother and stepfather during a holiday party Friday at a family vacation property in Grandview Township.
Andrew Denavich, 26, of 6630 State Road Apt. 306, appeared in Marietta Municipal Court via video from the Washington County Jail Monday and was arraigned on four counts of felonious assault, all second-degree felonies.
Denavich had reportedly been celebrating the Fourth of July with his mother, stepfather, brother and a friend at property near New Matamoras when he shot his mother and stepfather, Phyllis and Dale Huntsman.
Phyllis Huntsman, who was shot in the abdomen, was listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown with life-threatening injuries Sunday. She was reportedly in critical but stable condition Monday, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks. Hospital officials said they could not release any information on her condition.
Dale Huntsman was treated at Marietta Memorial Hospital for gunshot wounds to his arm and released Sunday.
The other two charges stem from Denavich shooting at a garage where his brother, James Denavich, and friend Tory Moore were during the incident.
The shooting took place at a vacation property owned by the Huntsmans, who also live in northwest Ohio.
The vacation property, located near the intersection of Brownsville Road and Pryor Glass Road is relatively undeveloped property and appears to be used for camping, said Mincks.
“They have a pole barn and fire pits and cots. It’s a camping place for them. It’s in the wilderness,” he said.
Sometime Friday evening, Andrew Denavich reportedly snorted a white powder substance which he obtained in Parma and began hallucinating.
He told deputies he does not know what the drug contained, merely that it would make him hallucinate. Determining what type of drug Denavich took will be part of the investigation, said Mincks.
He declined to say whether the sheriff’s office had been able to seize some of the substance from the crime scene.
Denavich told deputies he had become angry and confused because he felt the others were “messing” with him. Andrew loaded a 12 gauge shotgun that he had used for recreational target shooting earlier in the evening.
According to an affidavit of facts from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, “The defendant stated he thought it was a dream and he had to make it stop so he fired the shotgun and struck his mother, Phyllis.”
James Denavich and Moore had been inside the metal garage-like structure on the property, and came outside when they heard shots. When it became clear Andrew was shooting people, they ran out a side door to call for help.
Moore reported that Andrew also fired a shot in their direction at that time. A detective corroborated this by noting an apparent shotgun blast to the side of the garage.
Andrew’s actions resulted in felonious assault charges in relation to each of the four people present.
He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday in Marietta Municipal Court where Judge Janet Dyar Welch will determine if there is enough evidence to bind the case over to Washington County Common Pleas Court for consideration by the grand jury.
Mincks declined to say whether Denavich has a prior record.
According to Marietta Municipal Court records, he has two speeding tickets while in Washington County in 2011 and 2013.
In Parma, Denavich was charged with a traffic violation in 2011 and a misdemeanor count of theft in 2006.
Denavich’s name returns no results in a search of criminal cases in Cuyahoga County’s Common Pleas Court.