By JEFF BARRON
PDT Staff Writer
The Scioto County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in connection with the beating death of 67-year-old Ronald Cox Saturday in Lucasville, Sheriff Marty Donini said. Robin Riggs, 18, of 38 Valley St., in Lucasville, is charged with murder, robbery and tampering with evidence.
She was arrested at her home without incident at 12:45 a.m. on Sunday.
Riggs was to appear in Portsmouth Municipal Court on Monday. However, no one answered the telephone in the city solicitor's office Monday afternoon to confirm what her plea was or if she appeared.
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TUESDAY September 18, 2007
Officials make arrest in connection with murder
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Donini said robbery was the motive for the murder.
Cox, of 631 Little Egypt Road, was beaten severely on the head and face, Donini said. He said Riggs and Cox knew each other and Riggs had visited the victim before. On the night of the murder, Cox reportedly invited Riggs into his house. But an altercation soon started just after midnight on Saturday, and Riggs is accused of beating Cox with a Maglite flashlight. Authorities were alerted to the crime after a neighbor called for help. In addition to the sheriff's office, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investi-gation assisted in the case.
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