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Ohio State Bar Association
District 9 Representative On the Board of Governors
"It's not only (Harrod) who has to suffer from the loss of his mother," said Morgan County Prosecutor Mark Howdyshell.
"There is no 'just' sentence for this crime," Howdyshell said. "There's never going to be any real closure," Howdyshell said.
Prosecuting Attorney, Morgan County Attorney Mark Howdyshell Mark Howdyshell, County Prosecutor for Morgan County, just closed the books on a heinous crime in which a 17 year old violently took the life of a woman who had befriended him and tried to provide him stability. As county prosecutor, Howdyshell has an opportunity to be involved in a wide swatch of community issues. "A county prosecutor deals with everything from animal control issues to homelessness to suicide to homicide," Howdyshell explained. It is important that we try to get them plugged into services," said Howdyshell. "When individuals with mental illness come to the attention of the County Prosecutor, usually as a result of some low level offense, our office works closely with Adult Protective Services, Six County Behavioral Health, the Developmental Disabilities board and other county service providers. The challenge we often face is getting the person to accept the services that are available," Howdyshell said. While I certainly support individual rights, at the same time, it is easy to argue that there are some who would benefit from involuntary treatment," said Howdyshell. Finally, Howdyshell urged families to not give up."I routinely see families that are worn out.
Mark Howdyshell, District 9 representative on the OSBA Board of Governors, will preside over the meeting, which will include the election of two members to the OSBA Council of Delegates.
"This case will revolve around what it means to purposely kill another," Morgan County Prosecutor Mark Howdyshell told a panel of jurors in his opening statement.
During opening statements, Howdyshell pointed to an ongoing tension between Jones and Pace as the start of the fighting that resulted in Drone's death on Nov. 2. Pace, Jones and the two men's wives had all been friends at one point, said Howdyshell. In fact, they could probably more accurately be called enemies," said Howdyshell. Upset that his wife was not home, Danny made several calls to Pace's home and later sent Drone to the home under the pretense of bringing Kathy her dog, explained Howdyshell. Kathy ultimately went home, but according to Howdyshell, Pace also came to the Jones residence that night and a verbal altercation between Danny Jones and Pace ensued. According to a coroner's report, the fatal laceration punctured Drone's heart, "causing him to bleed out quickly," said Howdyshell.
"The last four years, we've had about one a year," said Morgan County Prosecutor Mark Howdyshell, who has been on the job five years.
Pace, of 10784 State Route 37, Malta, was allegedly involved in a verbal fight on Nov. 2 with acquaintance Dustin Drone, which escalated to the point of the men meeting to fight, said Howdyshell. While the once-a-year murder rate is admittedly high for a county that is comparable to the city of Marietta in population size, the trend is not indicative of a culture of violence, said Howdyshell. "All of these are just odd ball things," said Howdyshell. In 2008-before Howdyshell took office-three young adults were guests in the home of 49-year-old Rodney Spencer when an argument led to the three beating Spencer and then burning him alive in his home.
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