Shooting of Logan County man found dead on Thanksgiving not ‘random’

Logan County sheriff says investigators have found connections between the victim and suspects.



Investigators don’t believe the death of a Logan County man found dead on Thanksgiving was a random shooting.

The daughter of Jeffrey Brentlinger, 45, found him dead in his rural Zanesfield home in the 6400 block of Township Road 127 about 11 a.m. Thursday. Brentlinger died from a gunshot wound, according to Logan County Sheriff Andrew Smith.

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“Deputies do not believe that this was a random incident and have information that connects the victim with several of the suspects prior to his death,” Smith said in a statement.

Five people have been arrested in connection with Brentlinger’s death.

Bond was set at $500,000 on Tuesday morning for two of the suspects — Marquevous Watkins, 21, and Alexus Walton, 19, both of Lima. Their cases were continued and neither entered a plea.

Watkins has been charged with aggravated robbery and murder. Walton and a 17-year-old girl both have been charged with complicity to commit robbery and complicity to commit murder.

Watkins and Walton remain in the Logan County Jail. The 17-year-old remains in the Allen County Juvenile Detention Center awaiting extradition to Logan County.

Zachariah Huddleston, 22, and another 17-year-old girl, both also of Lima, have also been arrested in connection with the shooting death. The Gary, Ind., Police Department arrested them on Sunday on warrants for complicity to commit murder and complicity to commit robbery, according to Smith. Both were awaiting extradition to Logan County as of Tuesday morning.

Smith has declined to say what led to the charges or a possible motive in the shooting.


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