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UPDATE | Family shares relief after man indicted in execution-style murders of mother/daughter

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Published: Jan. 4, 2016 at 11:24 AM EST
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UPDATE 10/4/19 @ 10 p.m.

A man from Lucasville faces two aggravated murder charges in connection with the deaths of a mother and daughter who were gunned down nearly four years ago at a home along Blue Run Road in Lucasville.

Kristian R. Davis, 22, was indicted by a grand jury, according to a news release Friday from the Scioto County Sheriff's Office. Investigators say Davis has been in custody in the Scioto County Jail since Nov. 29, 2018, on unrelated charges.

On Jan. 4, 2016, Candy Newsome, 48, and her 16-year-old-daughter, Kristina "Mykal" Newsome, were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds at a home. The mother and daughter were killed execution style, investigators say.

It was news family members had been anxiously hoping to hear for more than three years.

"Every time someone would mention their names, I would just go all to pieces," Candy's mother Elsie Johnson said.

On Friday, Elsie got a phone call from the prosecutor sharing an update she'd worried might never come.

"I'm just glad it's going to be over," she said. "They can rest in peace."

Elsie says Davis lived nearby, was a family friend, and would visit Candy and Mykal often.

"You wouldn't have thought he would be that cold-blooded to do anything like that," she said. "Candy was good to him, but Mykal and him didn't get along, because he'd go in the house and steal things, and she'd go hunting for him. I know he wanted to go with Mykal, but Mykal wouldn't go with him. I mean, that was it."

"I'm just glad it's finally solved," Candy's stepfather Roy Johnson said. "Maybe we can rest in peace and quit having so many nightmares."

We will have more on this developing story. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.


UPDATE 2/1/17 @ 5:10 p.m.

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The family of two victims of a mysterious murder last year say they will be withdrawing a cash reward soon -- simply because there have been no leads in the case.

On Jan. 4, 2016, Candy Newsome, 48, and her 16-year-old-daughter, Kristina "Mykal" Newsome, were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds at a home along Blue Run Road in Lucasville. The mother and daughter were killed execution style, investigators say.

Roy C. Johnson, who is Candy Newsome's father, posted on Facebook that the $2,000 reward will no longer be offered as of midnight Saturday.

"It has been 13 months ... no one has come forward with the needed results," Johnson wrote.

He said four family members came up with the reward money in January 2016. He said the case has "wasted valuable time for the detectives," even though they are working on the case "almost daily."

Still, Johnson writes that his family has faith the case will be solved someday.

"We wholeheartedly appreciate everyone who has done anything for us," he wrote. "God bless everyone of you. Life goes on."


UPDATE 1/4/17 @ 7:10 p.m.

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A family is pleading for answers on the one-year anniversary of a mysterious double murder.

Jan. 4, 2016, Candy Newsome, 48, and her 16-year-old-daughter, Kristina "Mykal" Newsome, were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds at a home along Blue Run Road in Lucasville.

"One year ago today was the absolute worst time of our lives," Roy Johnson, Candy's father, told WSAZ on this anniversary. "It [the pain] will not subside. We've suffered all year and we need closure."

The mother and daughter were killed execution style. Investigators say Mykal appeared to be running away, trying to escape the home, when she died.

No arrests have been made one year later. The case remains unsolved while loved ones live with fear and grief.

"They will pay the price one way or another, today or some day in the future," Johnson said. "But the doors are locked constantly. The guns are loaded and they shouldn't have to be. We don't know if we're at a grocery store and the person's standing right beside of us is who did it. We don't know. But I know people, some of the type of people in this world, they have no conscience. Who could do this?"

Johnson says family members have their own suspicions about who killed Candy and Mykal.

Still, they feel left in the dark.

"Who could do this?" Johnson said. "Who could kill anybody? But with all the drugs and stuff that's going on in this area and in Ohio and in America, it's terrible the things that's happening. I mean, it's really turning away from God."

Another frustration for the family is communication with the sheriff's office. Johnson says they haven't heard from investigators in months. He pleaded that detectives give them updates on the case, even if they are generic.

"I know that you can't solve a murder like they do on TV -- that's fantasy land," Johnson said. "But, I mean, this is devastating to us. We can't leave 2016. We need an answer."

Detective Dan Malone with the sheriff's office is the lead investigator. He says too much information was leaked to the public early on in the investigation, jeopardizing the case.

"We don't want any more pertinent information leaking out to the public," Malone said. "That's what we're trying to contain. The family has our phone number. They know where we're at. They can stop in at any time."

Malone says he has met with the family at their home several times. However, he says they now have to keep a tight lid on developments to avoid risking the case.

"Information was leaked out to the public from day one," Malone said. "Some of this information that we get in, if it goes out, other people's lives are in danger and we don't want to do that to anybody."

He says investigators are actively following leads.

Some of the challenges they've faced during the last year include following dead-end leads and interview subjects changing their stories. He says detectives aren't giving up.

"We've put countless hours into this investigation," Malone said.

Meanwhile, Johnson says the wait is agonizing.

"This is not right," he said. "We need answers, people. We need answers."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office.

The family is offering a $2,000 reward, Johnson says, for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Johnson says there are also several scholarships set up in Mykal's name at Minford High School.


UPDATE 3/30/16 @ 6:30 p.m.

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A reward is being offered in the murder case of a mother and daughter.

Candy Newsome, 48, and her 16-year-old-daughter, Kristina "Mykal" Newsome, were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds in January at a home along Blue Run Road in Lucasville.

"You go to sleep and it's on your mind," Candy's stepsister Darla Johnson-Wheeler tells WSAZ. "You wake up, and it's on your mind. If you get up in the middle of the night, it's the first thing you think of."

Johnson-Wheeler says that day, Jan. 4, has haunted the family -- especially because no arrests have been made.

"It's a nightmare," Johnson-Wheeler said. "It's an everyday nightmare. You can't escape it. The only closure that we're going to get is if the person or persons, either one, that are responsible are arrested."

Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini confirms it wasn’t necessarily a surprise attack.

However, Johnson-Wheeler says the family still doesn't know why the shooting happened.

"I don't know if it was something that was drug related," Johnson-Wheeler said. "I don't know if it was domestic related, random, if it was a burglary, what it was. There's so many different scenarios being talked about."

Donini said it appears there’s evidence to point to what happened in the Newsome's trailer -- Mykal tried to flee before being shot.

"Mykal, my niece, the 16-year-old, was shot in the back as she was running for the front door," said Johnson-Wheeler. "She had to have been so scared."

Johnson-Wheeler says she stood at Candy and Mykal's grave and promised that he would get them justice.

A $1,500 reward is being offered by family members for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Another $200 is being offered for help find the gun that was used in the double homicide. Johnson-Wheeler says investigators say it was a shotgun.

Johnson-Wheeler said investigators told her the sheriff's office has several suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at the Scioto County Sheriff's Office.


UPDATE 1/4/16 @ 6 p.m.

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A gruesome discovery and a frantic 911 call led Scioto County Sheriff’s investigators to a double homicide along Blue Run Road in Lucasville.

Candy Newsome, 48, and her 16-year-old-daughter, Kristina, were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds Monday morning.

The extended Newsome family lives just over the hill, in back of Candy’s mobile home. Her brother, Brian Keith, has been frantic, wishing he had done more to investigate when he heard unusual noises Sunday night.

“I should have went over the hill and looked," Keith said. "I wouldn't care if they shot me or not. I'd have got to them. When you shoot a little kid, that's pitiful."

Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini confirms it wasn’t necessarily a surprise attack. He said it appears there’s evidence to point to what happened in the Newsome's trailer -- Kristina tried to flee before being shot.

What was supposed to be a day of fresh starts at Minford High School, as students returned to class following winter break, took a dark turn as word began spreading about the death of one of their classmates.

Erica Parsley has a son at Minford High.

"Immediately I thought of all the kids coming back from Christmas break," Parsley said. "This is something that kids at such a young age shouldn't have to go through, the murder of a friend. It just breaks my heart for all the kids."

The sheriff's office is urging anyone with information that may lead to a suspect in the case to call (740) 354-7566.


UPDATE 1/4/16 @ 1:45 p.m.

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SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Investigators have released the name of a mother and her teenage daughter who were found shot to death Monday morning in their home in Scioto County, Ohio.

The Scioto County Sheriff's Office says the bodies of Candy Newsome and Kristina Mykal Newsome, 16, were found shortly before 9 a.m. at a mobile home in the 4000 block of Blue Run Road in the Lucasville area. We’re told a family member found the two dead.

Information on a possible suspect has not been released.

Sheriff Marty Donini tells WSAZ the shooting apparently happened sometime in the past 12 hours.

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ORIGINAL STORY 1/14/16 @ 11:27 a.m.

SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A mother and her teenage daughter have been found shot to death at a residence in Scioto County, Ohio.

The Scioto County Sheriff's Office says the bodies were found shortly before 9 a.m. Monday at a residence in the 4000 block of Blue Run Road in the Lucasville area.

Sheriff Marty Donini tells WSAZ the shooting apparently happened sometime in the past 12 hours. No other information has been released at this time.

WSAZ has crews at the scene.

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