- By Mark Gokavi Staff Writer
The ex-wife of a Beavercreek man who was killed in front their children will remain in jail during her federal prosecution on death-penalty eligible charges related to the murder of Robert Caldwell.
Tawnney Caldwell, 33, aka Tawnney Thomas, is being held in Shelby County Jail without bond. Dayton’s U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Sharon Ovington ruled that by “clear and convincing evidence,” there was no condition which would reasonably assure Tawnney Caldwell’s appearance in court and the safety of the community.
Six people face federal charges in the Aug. 15, 2017, death of Robert Caldwell, 35, and the FBI continues to offer a $15,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of missing child Jacob Lee Caldwell, the 14-year-old son who ran to a restaurant to report his father had been shot.
Cindy Caldwell, who is married to Robert’s brother Tyler, said Thursday her concern is “that Jacob gets home safely and that the people involved just turn him over and, you know, have some kind of conscience that he is being held against his will, almost.”
Cindy Caldwell said the family hasn’t been able to properly mourn with a second crisis.
“There’s just an ongoing investigation and then a child missing on top of everything,” she said “It’s like we don’t have comfort right now. We haven’t had a moment to grieve.
“It comes in waves, really, because we’ve had to deal with a lot. This just seems overwhelming for a family to go through, and we are definitely trying to do our best.”
Cindy Caldwell said her brother-in-law won a four-year child custody battle and that two kids are getting help after the traumatic event, but that Jacob probably isn’t: “Those that are involved or know where he’s at should help, should help law enforcement.”
Tipsters are asked to call (937) 310-3200 or visit online at tips.fbi.gov with information.
According her online jail booking history, Tawnney Caldwell was cleared of assault and contempt charges in Montgomery County in 2014 and 2016 and faces possession of drugs and violating a protection order charges in a December 2017 Greene County case.
An in-chambers pretrial conference in the federal case is set for April 2. An update on the others indicted:
Sterling H. Roberts, 34, who is indicted for cyberstalking, interstate traveling to kill Robert Crawford and other charges, hasn’t been extradited from South Carolina, where he pleaded guilty to a weapons charge after allegedly firing at a deputy.
The attorney for James T. Harmon, 55, of Burlington, Ky. has made a motion for discovery. Harmon was indicted for transfer of a firearm to a prohibited person and aiding and abetting.
The attorney for Chandra D. Harmon, 54, of Burlington, Ky., has made a motion asking for the requirement for her to surrender her CCW permit be removed because she said she lost that permit three months ago. Her attorney also has filed for a bill of particulars and discovery. Harmon was indicted for tampering with a victim, witness or informant.
Chance P. Deakin, 25, aka Chance Roberts, was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm and aiding and abetting.