Suspect in murders of elderly Strasburg couple pleads not guilty to all charges


Jeffery Craig Stewart (Photo courtesy Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office)

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STRASBURG – Jeffery Stewart, one of the suspects in the murders of Doyle and Lillian Chumney, plead not guilty on all charges in court on Wednesday. He is currently being held on $2 million bond.

Stewart, 21, and Robert Clark, 29, are both being charged with multiple counts in the murders of the elderly Strasburg couple.

Clark faces the death penalty, while Stewart does not.

Stewart was indicted on the charges of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and aggravated arson.

The Chumney’s were reported missing on Jan. 21 after their daughter went to their home and found it ransacked and the couple was missing, along with their car. They were found the next day inside their burned car in Bakersville.

Clark and Stewart confessed to the murders, according to police.

Stewart was arrested on Jan. 31 after police released his photo to the public. Clark was caught days later following several armed robberies and a police chase in Arizona.

More stories on the Chumney murders here.

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