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Suspects Held On $1M Bonds In Homeless Man's Death

Fetty Found Beaten, Naked In Dumpster


10/04/2004

WAVERLY, Ohio -- Three people are being held in a Ross County jail in connection with what is being called the most heinous crime in Waverly in decades, NBC 4's Elenora Andrews reported.

Police arrested Matthew Ferman, 22, James Trent Jr., 19, and Martin Baxter, 28, on Sunday and charged them with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery in the death of Daniel Fetty, a homeless man who was found beaten and naked in a Dumpster early Saturday morning. Fetty, 39, later died at a local hospital.

The three suspects are each being held on $1 million bond.

The three appeared in a Pike County courtroom Monday afternoon. At times, the men broke down and cried during their arraignment, Andrews reported.

Waverly police said the three allegedly got into a fight with Fetty just before 1 a.m. Saturday. Police said the three allegedly beat Fetty with bricks, boards and bottles and then stripped him and threw him into a Dumpster.

Fetty died at Grant Medical Center 12 hours after he was found.

"We're relatively sure it was concerning robbery and possibly some drugs," Waverly Police Chief Larry Roe said.

It has been more than 40 years since Waverly's police department has dealt with a violent crime.

Police said they have had previous contact with Trent and Ferman, and that Baxter was recently released from prison.

"James does a lot of wrong, but he's not capable of killing somebody," said Trent's stepmother, Kimberly Lett.

Fetty had recently lost his apartment in a fire and was living out of his car, NBC 4 reported.

Pike County Prosecutor Robert Junk said this was one of the most gruesome cases he had seen.

"If the facts in this case are true, we're looking at a pretty horrendous offense," Junk said.

Source: NBC



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