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UPDATE: Hively Convicted of Killing Gallia County Teen

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
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UPDATE 11/7/13 @ 5:20 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A jury has found Bruce Hively guilty of killing 18-year-old Charles Addis.

The Gallia County jury deliberated nearly three and a half hours Wednesday afternoon before finding Hively, 56, of Crown City guilty of aggravated murder with a gun specification and tampering with evidence. They found him not guilty on a separate murder count.

Addis of Mercerville was shot and killed in April in the Elliott Road area of Crown City

Investigators say Hively shot Addis four times, twice while he was standing, and twice while he was on the ground.

Hively’s trial started on Monday. Testimony wrapped up Wednesday afternoon with the defense calling no witnesses.

Hively will sentenced at a later date.

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UPDATE 11/7/13 @ 9 a.m.
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) – Jury deliberations in a Gallia County murder are expected to begin late Thursday morning.

Bruce Hively, 56, of Crown City, is charged with murder, aggravated murder and tampering with evidence in the death of 18-year-old Charles Addis.

Addis of Mercerville was shot and killed in April in the Crown City area.

Investigators say Hively shot Addis four times, twice while he was standing, and twice while he was on the ground.

The trial is taking place in Gallia County Common Pleas Court.

Both the prosecution and defense rested their cases Wednesday afternoon. The defense rested without calling any witnesses.

When court resumes at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, the jury will receive instructions and then both sides will give their closing arguments. The jury will then get the case.

The trial began on Monday.

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UPDATE 11/5/13 @ 3p.m.
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Prosecution testimony continued Tuesday for a Gallia County man charged with murder.

Bruce Hively, 56, of Crown City, is charged with murder, aggravated murder and tampering with evidence.

Charles Addis, 18, was shot and killed in April in the Crown City area.

Investigators say Hively shot Addis four times, twice while he was standing, and twice while he was on the ground.

The trial is taking place in Gallia County Common Pleas Court. It began Monday.

Court official tells WSAZ.com that the defense could begin presenting their case Wednesday afternoon. There is no word if Mr. Hively will testify in his own defense.

During opening statements Monday, the Gallia County Prosecutor's Office says that Addis, his brother and a friend were at a church parking lot to get cell phone reception, when Hively drove by, turned around, and came back and got into an argument.

The defense stated in opening statements that Hively's property, which is near the church, was vandalized several times over the two years prior to the shooting, and that several items were stolen. The defense says that Hively believed all three young men were involved with his property damage.

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UPDATE 11/4/13 @ 5:55 p.m.
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A murder trial got underway Monday in Gallia County Common Pleas Court.

Bruce Hively, 56, of Crown City, is charged with murder, aggravated murder and tampering with evidence.

Charles Addis, 18, was shot and killed in April in the Crown City area.

During opening statements, the Gallia County Prosecutor's Office says that Addis, his brother and a friend were at a church parking lot to get cell phone reception, when Hively drove by, turned around, and came back and got into an argument.

Assistant Prosecutor Britt Wiseman says that Hively said something along the lines of "I've got all of you here now," to the young men.

The defense stated in opening statements that Hively's property, which is near the church, was vandalized several times over the two years prior to the shooting, and that several items were stolen. The defense says that Hively believed all three young men were involved with his property damage.

Investigators say Hively shot Addis four times, twice while he was standing, and twice while he was on the ground.

The defense says that Hively was concerned that the young men were going to cause serious bodily harm to him, and that his action was appropriate.

The defense also states that the young men threatened Hively, which can be heard on cell phone video, which is expected to be shown as evidence in the trial.

The Prosecutor's Office says that Hively admitted to BCI Investigators that after the shooting, the other two young men ran off, and Hively used his knife to cut his hand, then placed the knife under Addis' body.

The trial continues Tuesday.

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UPDATE 11/4/13 @10:30 a.m.
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) – Jury selection is underway in the trial of Gallia County man charged with the shooting death of an 18-year-old earlier this year.

Bruce Hively, 56, of Crown City, is charged with murder, aggravated murder and tampering with evidence.

Prosecutors say Hivley shot and killed Charles Addis, of Mercerville, on April 4.

The shooting happened at the intersection of Hannan Trace Road and Elliott Road in the Crown City area. This is just up the road from where Hively owns property

Following the shooting, witnesses told deputies that Hively, drove past Addis and two other men, turned around, and drove back to them. They said Hively got out of his car and got into a fight that ended with Hively shooting the teen four times at close range, twice while Addis was standing and twice when he was on the ground.

Hively was arrested at the scene following the shooting.

Addis was a senior at South Gallia High School and attended Buckeye Hills Career Center.

Hively’s trial is taking place in Gallia County Common Pleas Court.

Before jury selection began Monday morning, Judge Dean Evans ruled that jurors will not visit the location where the shooting happened.

We have a crew in the courtroom.

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UPDATE 4/12/13 @ 11:45 a.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man has been indicted in the murder of an 18-year-old.

Bruce Hively, 56, was indicted this week by a Gallia County Grand Jury on murder, aggravated murder and tampering with evidence charges.

Hively is accused of shooting and killing Charles Addis on April 4 at the intersection of Hannan Trace Road and Elliott Road in the Crown City area.

Addis was shot four times.

A motive has not been released at this time.

Hively was arraigned Friday morning. The Gallia County Prosecutor's Office asked for bond to be set at $1 million cash. Judge Dean Evans set the bond at $750,000 ten percent.

The shooting happened just up the road from where Hively owns property. Since the shooting, two separate fires have been reported on the property along Elliott Road. The Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the fires.

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UPDATE 4/9/13 @10:30 a.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – An investigator with Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office will now determine the cause of a fire on a property owned by the suspect in a Gallia County murder.

Fire crews were called to the property along Elliott Road near Crown City about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Captain Jason Weaver with the Gallia County District 2 Volunteer Fire Department says the property is owned by Bruce Hively.

Hively, 56, is charged with murdering 18-year-old Charles Addis last Thursday night. The shooting happened at the intersection of Elliott Road and Hannan Trace Road, which is just down the road from where the fire happened.

Captain Weaver tells WSAZ.com that several structures containing car parts burned, along with at least six junked vehicles. The fires were spread out across the property.

There is no word right now on how the fires started.

There were no reported injuries.

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UPDATE 4/5/13 @ 10 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – Friends and classmates of a high school student who was murdered are stunned by what they call a senseless tragedy.

"It's devastating to have somebody who'd walk up to you and shake your hand and give you a hug every day in the hallway who just won't be there anymore," the victim’s classmate Jacob Fields said.

The Gallia County sheriff says 18-year-old Charles Addis was killed Thursday evening.

The shooting took place between where the victim lived on Hannan Trace Road and where the suspect owned property on Elliott Road.

Witnesses told deputies the suspect, 56-year-old Bruce Hively, drove past Addis and two other men, turned around, and drove back to them. They say Hively got out of his car and got into a fight that ended with Hively shooting the teen four times at close range, twice while Addis was standing and twice when he was on the ground.

Addis was a South Gallia High School senior. He'd been going to Buckeye Hills Career Center. Friends say his goal was to become a mechanic.

"We used to call him Chuckles,” Fields said. “He was big on giving girls hugs and everything. He was a terrible flirt."

Rosetta Wells is a parent of one of Addis’s classmates. She says it’s heartbreaking that a young man getting ready to start his life will never get that chance.

"I just can't see a child that young doing anything that bad to warrant that," Wells said.

Brandon Harrison was Addis’s friend. He says they'd come up from Addis’s home to the higher-elevated Elliott Road to get cell service. He also says they liked riding four-wheelers on that road, and they'd had run-ins with Hively before.

"(Hively) would always come out there and try to stop us, get mad at us like he owned the road or something, like we shouldn't be there,” Harrison said. “We were just having fun."

Harrison was not with Addis Thursday. He says even if Addis had done something wrong or illegal, there was no reason for a shooting.

"There were much better ways to resolve whatever the conflict was between them," Harrison said.

A memorial with a red cross and flowers now stands where Addis was killed.

They held a moment of silence Friday morning at South Gallia High School for Addis.

They're also collecting money at the school to help the family pay funeral expenses.

Bruce Hively is facing charges of murder and aggravated murder, and more charges could be presented to a grand jury. His bond is set at $1 million.



UPDATE 4/5/13 @ 5:50 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – The suspect from Thursday evening’s fatal shooting near Mercerville is in custody and will be arraigned on Monday.

Charles Addis, 18, was already dead when Gallia County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene just after 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses told deputies 56-year-old Bruce Hively drove past the victim and two other men on Elliott Road, just off Hannan Trace Road, a rural area near Mercerville. Hively turned his car around and drove back toward the men, according to witnesses, who said he then got out of his car and began fighting with the three men.

Then, witnesses said, Hively shot Addis four times at close range – twice while Addis was standing and twice when he was on the ground.

Sheriff Joe Browning said they don’t see much crime in this rural area other than theft. But he said the men in this case weren’t strangers.

"It's obvious there's history between the two parties that were involved there,” Browning said. “The suspect and victim were known to each other. It's not something where a stranger came along and hurt somebody.”

The shooting took place in between where the victim lived on Hannan Trace Road and where the suspect owned property on Elliott Road. While the men had a history of problems, the sheriff said it’s not clear why the fight escalated so far this time.

"Any time there's high emotions, there's disputes going on, different things that are happening, it's very, very important that things not be pushed too far,” Browning said.

Addis was a student at Buckeye Hills Career Center. His family, Browning said, is devastated.

"I know people get frustrated, they get frustrated with different situations,” Browning said. “But at the same time, in this case, we have an 18-year-old young man who's dead, and we have another suspect that's locked up and facing very serious charges, who potentially could go to prison, potentially for the rest of his life."

Hively is currently facing charges of murder and aggravated murder, and more charges could be presented to a grand jury. His bond is set at $1 million.

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UPDATE 4/5/13 @ 1:55 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – A student at the Buckeye Hills Career Center that was killed in a shooting Thursday night was shot four time according to the criminal complaint filed in Gallipolis Magistrate Court.

The shooting happened along Elliott Road in Crown City about 6:15 p.m.

Gallia Sheriff Joe Browning tells WSAZ.com that 18-year-old Charles T. Addis of Mercerville was killed.

Browning says 56-year-old Bruce Hively of Crown City was arrested at the scene.

In the criminal complaint, Sheriff Browning says a witness told investigators that Hively was driving down the road when he passed Addis, a relative of Addis and another person. The witness said Hivley then turned around and came back to where the three were standing.

He then got out of his vehicle and there was a confrontation between Hively and the three people. It was during that confrontation that the witness said Hivley shot Addis. Two of the shots hit Addis while he was standing; he was then shot twice when he was on the ground.

Hively is being charged with aggravated murder and murder. A possible tampering with evidence charges is being presented to a grand jury. His bond was set at $1 million.

The Sheriff says Hivley owns property along Elliott Road a short distance from where the shooting happened.

Hivley is expected to be arraigned on the charges Monday.

Addis's home school was South Gallia High School.



UPDATE 4/5/13 @ 9:25 a.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – A student at the Buckeye Hills Career Center was the victim of Thursday night’s deadly shooting in Crown City, Ohio.

The shooting happened at the intersection of Hannan Trace Road and Elliott Road in Crown City about 6:15 p.m.

Gallia Sheriff Joe Browning tells WSAZ.com that 18-year-old Charles T. Addis was killed.

Browning says 56-year-old Bruce Hively was arrested at the scene.

Hively is expected to be charged later today with aggravated murder and tampering with evidence.

The Sheriff has not released a motive for the shooting.

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UPDATE 4/5/13 @ 7:30 a.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- More information is expected to be released Friday morning concerning a deadly shooting in Gallia County, Ohio.

The shooting happened about 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Hannan Trace Road and Elliott Road in Crown City.

Sheriff Joe Browning tells WSAZ.com the victim was a man and that a suspect was taken into custody.

No other information has been released.

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ORIGINAL STORY 4/4/13 @9 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Deputies are on the scene of a fatal shooting in Gallia County, Ohio.

Sheriff Joe Browning tells WSAZ.com a man was shot to death about 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Hannan Trace Road and Elliott Road in Crown City.

A suspect has been taken into custody.

No other information has been released.

We have a crew at the scene.

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