Man accused of 2012 Salem cold case murder held on $1 million bond
A Lisbon man was arraigned in Columbiana County Court of Common Pleas Thursday for charges related to his alleged involvement in a 2012 cold case in Salem.
Kevin Kirby, 44, is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, one count of murder and one count of tampering with evidence.
He pleaded not guilty and is currently being held in custody $1 million bond.
Kirby is accused of killing 43-year-old Melinda Todd in her Salem home along State Route 45 in December 2012.
Todd's then five-year-old grandson was also in the home at the time of the murder because he didn't feel well and stayed home from school that day. The grandson was viciously attacked and left for dead but managed to survive.
"He suffered some massive head injuries, but miraculously survived, and is doing well. He is now 12-years-old. He has some minor difficulties, but otherwise has recovered amazingly, and currently lives with his grandparents," Chief Assistant Prosecutor for Columbiana County Gamble told 21 News Reporter Michelle Nicks.
The prosecutor says they do believe a robbery happened during the murder, but will not say at this time what was taken from the home.
Kirby will be back in court on Nov. 18 for a pre-trial hearing.