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NEW INFO: Second Plea Deal in 'Gruesome' Portsmouth Murder

By: Randy Yohe, Kari Anderson, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Randy Yohe, Kari Anderson, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 3/15/12 @ 4:30 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The second of two men charged in the gruesome murder of a pizza delivery man has decided to plead guilty and avoid a trial.

Back in June, Brian Baldridge, 23, and Joshua Kessinger, 21, both of Portsmouth, Ohio were indicted on aggravated murder, robbery and other charges in the death of 19-year-old Garrett Maloney.

Prosecutors say that Maloney was shot to death in April. His naked body was found stuffed in a sewer. Police say the murder happened over pills.

Wednesday afternoon during a pre-trial hearing, Baldridge pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated murder and one count of tampering with evidence.

Prosecutor Mark Kuhn tells WSAZ.com that Baldridge was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 23 years.

Kuhn also says that Baldridge didn’t decide to do a plea until late in that hearing, and after initially saying he was not interested in a plea. His trial was supposed to start on Monday.

Last month, his co-defendant Joshua Kessinger pleaded guilty to Maloney’s murder. He was sentenced to life without the possibly of parole for 15 years. That plea came 11 days before his trial was supposed to start.



UPDATE 2/17/12 @ 1:30 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A guilty plea has been made by one of the two men charged in the gruesome murder of a pizza delivery man.

In June, Brian Baldridge, 23, and Joshua Kessinger, 21, both of Portsmouth, Ohio, were indicted on aggravated murder, robbery and other charges in the death of 19-year-old Garrett Maloney.

In April, Maloney was shot to death. His naked body was later found stuffed in a sewer.

Police believe the murder happened over pills.

Thursday morning, Kessinger pleaded guilty to Maloney’s murder during a pre-trial hearing in Scioto County Common Pleas Court. The plea came 11 days before his trial was supposed to start.

Judge Howard Harcha immediately sentenced Kessinger to life without the possibly of parole for 15 years.

As part of the deal, Kessinger is expected to testify against Baldridge when his trial takes place next month.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 6/10/11 @ 11 a.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Two men involved in what police call a gruesome murder have been indicted by the grand jury.

Brian Baldridge, 23, of Portsmouth, Ohio, and Joshua Kessinger, 21, of Portsmouth, Ohio, were both indicted by the Scioto County Grand Jury.

Both men are facing the following nine counts:

  • Two counts of Aggravated Murder
  • Murder
  • Felonious Assault
  • Robbery
  • Four counts of Tampering with Evidence

    Last month local 19-year-old pizza delivery man Garrett Maloney disappeared. He was found one week later shot to death and shoved in a sewer.

    Police believe the murder happened over pills.

    Baldridge and Kessinger are both behind bars, each held on a $325,000 cash-only bond.

    Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



    UPDATE 5/2/11 @ 6 p.m.
    PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- From a missing person case to a homicide, police have released the gruesome story of what they say was a murder over pills.

    It was a killing that shocked a neighborhood where most thought they had seen it all.

    Neighbors say they've seen plenty of suspicious activity in a Portsmouth alley off Vinton Street, but nothing like this.

    Local 19-year-old pizza delivery man Garrett Maloney disappeared last Wednesday. On Saturday, 21-year-old Joshua Kessinger went to police and gave a detailed statement.

    Kessinger said on that Wednesday, his housemate on Robinson Street, Brian Baldridge, 23, shot Garrett Maloney multiple times after an argument over pills and money.

    Kessinger told police that Baldridge forced him to also shoot Maloney’s already dead body.

    In his statement, Baldridge admitted he shot Maloney at least three times. Both men told police they stripped Maloney’s body, put him in a city trash can and carted the body about a block and a half away.

    Police say they recovered Maloney’s bullet-riddled body three days after he was put in a sewer covered by an alley manhole.

    “I have not seen a murder as despicable as this, and these people should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner said.

    He says all three men abused pain pills.

    Kessinger turned himself in, and Baldridge was arrested at a Wheelersburg apartment where officers also recovered illegal drugs. Both men face charges of aggravated murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.

    Both suspects told police they threw the murder weapon, a rifle, into the Ohio River.

    Baldridge and Kessinger are both behind bars, each held on a $325,000 cash-only bond.



    UPDATE 5/1/11 @ 3:20 p.m.
    PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The body of 19-year-old Garrett Maloney was found early Sunday morning.

    According to a news release from Portsmouth Police, investigators received information on April 30th that led them to Maloney's body.

    Police say Maloney died from multiple gunshot wounds.

    Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder. Joshua R. Kessinger, 21, and Brian D. Baldridge, 23, have both been charged with aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Both men live on Robinson Avenue in Portsmouth.

    An apartment on Hayport Road in Wheelersburg, Ohio and the home on Robinson Avenue were both searched. In both locations, marijuana was found. Paraphernalia and evidence relating to prescription drug abuse were also found at the Hayport Road address, according to police.

    According to the press release, "Based on the information obtained, the disappearance and homicide of Garrett Maloney appears to be related to prescription drug abuse."

    Maloney's body has been sent to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office to determine the exact cause of death.

    In a press release, Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner said, "The Portsmouth Police Department, the Scioto County Sheriff's Office, the New Boston Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol continue their commitment to the citizens of Scioto County, especially in the war against prescription abuse and the fight to save our children."

    The Scioto County Sheriff's Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Portsmouth Fire Department all helped with the investigation.

    Maloney was reported missing on Wednesday night after he went on a deliver run for Domino's pizza where he worked. His car was found Friday morning.

    WSAZ has a crew on the scene and will continue to update this story as more information is released.



    UPDATE 5/1/11 @ 2:42 p.m.
    PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The body of a man missing Wednesday has been found by police.

    Family members tell WSAZ.com they got a call from Portsmouth Police around 4 a.m. Sunday.

    They say officers told them 19-year-old Garrett Maloney had been found dead, but could not give any more details.

    Maloney was reported missing Wednesday night after he left to go on a delivery route from the Domino's on Gay Street in Portsmouth, where he worked.

    More information is expected to be released. We have a crew on the scene.

    Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the very latest information.



    UPDATE 4/29/11 @ 11:20 a.m.
    PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The car of a missing man has been found in Portsmouth.

    According to Portsmouth Police, Garrett Maloney's 1998 Honda Civic was found about 7 a.m. Friday in the 1800 block of Grant Street in Portsmouth.

    Police say someone recognized the car near Mound Park and called a local radio station to get the license plate number. It was Maloney's car.

    Detective Chuck Crapyou with the Portsmouth Police tells WSAZ.com that there was nothing found out in the open to give them any answers, but they have collected some evidence to test to see if anything shows up.

    They still have not heard anything about Garrett Maloney's whereabouts. If you know where he is, call Portsmouth Police.

    Maloney was last seen about 10:20 Wednesday night when he left to go on a delivery route. He is an employee at Domino's on Gay Street in Portsmouth.

    Maloney is 19-years-old and from South Webster.



    ORIGINAL STORY 4/28/11 @ 4:50 p.m.
    PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A 19-year-old South Webster man is missing after not showing up for a pizza delivery Wednesday night.

    According to Portsmouth Police, Garrett C. Maloney was last seen Wednesday night around 10:19. That's when he went out on a delivery run.

    Maloney is an employee at Domino's Pizza on Gay Street in Portsmouth.

    Police say Maloney never made it to the hotel in Rosemount where he was supposed to be delivering a pizza.

    Maloney is 5'10" and weighs 185 pounds. He has black hair and hazel eyes. Maloney is also said to have tattoos on his wrists.

    He was last seen driving a 1998 silver Honda with a license plate number AE91HZ.

    Contact the Portsmouth Police Department if you have any information.


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