DOBSON — A man held without bond in the Surry County Detention Center for a murder charge in Ohio waived extradition in a short District Court hearing Wednesday.
Bradley Steven Gilbert, 22, of Montpelier, Ohio, represented himself in the hearing and agreed to return to Ohio where a charge of aggravated murder is pending.
Gilbert was charged with aggravated murder — which indicates the alleged murder was intentional, similar to first-degree murder in North Carolina — after admitting to Surry County investigators that he had killed a man in Montpelier and officers there found a body in the location Gilbert had described.
“We will send an officer to North Carolina to transport and take him back here,” said Dan McGee, Montpelier police chief.
Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson said that a charge of resisting a public officer stemming from Gilbert’s Monday arrest will be dropped.
“We’re dismissing the charge to speed up the process with the aggravated murder charge,” Atkinson said.
The identity of the victim will be released at the completion of an autopsy by a Lucas County coroner, said McGee, who confirmed the victim was found with a gunshot wound, but declined to comment on the shot’s location.
“We’re hoping the results are in from the autopsy in the next couple of days,” he said.
McGee said a joint press conference with Williams County prosecutors will be scheduled soon. “We’re hoping that in the next few days we’ll be able to present a bigger picture,” he said.
McGee said that Gilbert had some minor incidents on his criminal record, “but nothing of any large degree.”
Surry County officers became involved after receiving two calls late Sunday night, according to a statement released by the sheriff’s office.
The first was from a male caller from a residence on West Pine Street, in Lowgap, who stated that he had “done something bad,” and needed to talk to an officer, but hung up before any more information could be obtained.
The second was from Jacquelyn Louise Tindall, 34, from the same residence, who stated the first caller had been Gilbert, who was drinking heavily, making threats and brandishing a firearm, and had left the residence armed with a machete.
Atkinson said Tindall was a friend of Gilbert’s, possibly a girlfriend, but couldn’t confirm their relationship.
Officers located Gilbert behind a guardrail across the street.
They “confronted Gilbert and convinced him to relinquish the machete,” according to the statement.
He was taken into custody and transported to Northern Hospital at Surry County for a mental evaluation, and upon his release was arrested and charged with resisting a public officer.
While interviewing those who witnessed Gilbert’s actions deputies learned that Gilbert had made statements to others at the home that he had killed a man in Ohio shortly before coming to North Carolina on Oct. 11.
Investigation by deputies at the scene led them to contact Ohio officials who confirmed a missing person report filed in Fulton County which contained information consistent with evidence officers collected at the scene.
The incident is an unusual one for that area of Ohio, McGee said.
“We haven’t had a confirmed homicide investigation since the early ’90s.”
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