Sheriff Abdalla Releases Details at Everly Jr.’s Preliminary Hearing


The case for the man accused of killing two men at the Jefferson Sportsman’s Club has been bound over to the next term of the Jefferson County Grand Jury. 

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The preliminary hearing for Wayne Everly Jr. was held Tuesday morning where many details were released by Sheriff Fred Abdalla. 

While on the stand, Sheriff Abdalla said that when Everly was asked to leave the club, he drove back to Steubenville, picked up his guns and drove back to the club where he allegedly shot Christopher Bradley and then Barry Grant.

“Mr. Hanlin was apparently passed out in the camper so Mr. Grant came out and I asked him, ‘well, why did you shoot him?’ and he said, ‘Well, he grabbed the barrel of my gun and grabbed the gun off of me and hit me in the arm,'” Sheriff Abdalla said. “He said I shot him in self defense.”

Sheriff Abdalla said Everly blamed his intended target, Richard Hanlin, for getting him kicked out of the Sportsman’s Club. Abdalla added that Hanlin told him that he hardly talked to Everly during the party and that the victim’s did nothing to provoke Everly. 

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Defense Attorney Steve Stickles did not challenge the $2 million bond but did ask for all of the video tapes from the interviews to be preserved for future use.

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