Bond was set at $500,000 Thursday for Mark F. Stevens, 48, of 285 Bells Run Road, Newport, during a video arraignment in Marietta Municipal Court. Stevens was arrested Wednesday and charged with the murder of his neighbor, Patrick Arnold, 42, four years ago.
Meanwhile, the Washington County Sheriff's Office left the area behind Arnold's home late Thursday morning. They had been there since Wednesday searching for the murder weapon. Officers on the scene wouldn't confirm whether they had found the gun.
For more details from the arraignment and the latest details of the case see Friday's edition of The Marietta Times.