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Possible murder weapon found along Ohio Route 7

Crimes and Courts

Forensic testing is underway on a gun found along Route 7 in Belmont County that may be the missing murder weapon from the death on Brad McGarry.

The suspect in that killing, David Kinney, told police last May that he threw the gun out of his vehicle along the east side of Route 7 in Bellaire.

Police searched the area thoroughly, but never found it.

RELATED: Kinney’s Bond to Remain at $1 Million

RELATED: Police Continue Search for Possible Murder Weapon

Now, a prison work crew found a Derringer matching the murder weapon’s description in the Shadyside area on the opposite side of the highway.

According to the prosecutor, there is another inconsistency.

“It is a two-shot Derringer. It had one live shell in it. One had been expended. Now the deceased was shot at least twice. And assuming the Derringer was used, this Derringer, it would have had to have been reloaded, given we found the gun with one shell expended and one live shell,” said Belmont County Prosecutor Dan Fry.

Fry said the lab is checking it for DNA, fingerprints, and rifling characteristics.

He said it was discovered by a prisoner from the Belmont Correctional Institution on a work detail, who handed it over to his correctional officer. The officer then turned it into the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Kinney’s trial is set to begin January 30th.

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