Bond $1.5 million for East Palestine man charged with Lisbon murder
An East Palestine man remains jailed on $1.5 million bond after being arraigned on one count of murder for allegedly fatally shooting a man Friday night.
Michael Blower appeared for a video arraignment hearing in Columbiana County Municipal Court.
Blower, who according to court records has an address of Spait Drive in East Palestine, is accused of killing 40-year-old Rusty Steele at around 10:30 p.m. Friday on West Spruce Street in Lisbon.
According to an affidavit filed in court, Blower and Steele had been on the phone arguing with each other prior to the shooting.
Investigators say Blower got a ride to Lisbon, admitting to police that's where he shot Steele in the chest.
Blower's wife gave police the gun her husband allegedly used to commit the crime.
Police Chief Mike Abraham told 21 News Blower and Steele were connected, with both having a relationship with the same woman at different times.
Chief Abraham said Blower is married to a woman who had children with Steele.
Another court hearing for Blower is scheduled on March 13.