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Malyshev, Shane arraigned in Toronto murder case

The two suspects charged in the murder of Stephanie Pytash – Summer Malyshev and Michael Shane -- appeared in front of Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller for arraignments on Wednesday morning (WTOV).

The two suspects charged in the murder of Stephanie Pytash – Summer Malyshev and Michael Shane -- appeared in front of Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller for arraignments on Wednesday morning.

What didn’t change Wednesday is both still face charges of murder, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse and remain in jail on a $1 million bond.

What’s new is how they pled, along with information about their relationship with one another, and the victim.

Malyshev entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, and Shane entered a not guilty plea, but mentioned possibly pleading not guilty by reason of insanity as well, after meeting with his attorney.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said both suspects -- and Pytash -- were involved in some sort of love triangle.

"There were personal relationships between Mr. Shane, and the victim who is deceased, and with his co-defendant,” Hanlin said. “The deceased and female co-defendant certainly knew each other as well, so it's a very complicated situation."

Hanlin says they are continuing to piece information together as they move forward with the case.

If you have any information that may help in the investigation, you are urged to call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, or our Crimebusters Tipline at 1-800-862-BUST.

Chad Allen

Chad Allen Hunt Jr. faces charges of drug possession and trafficking, stemming from a bust in August where police found 40 grams of cocaine and a number of firearms at a Steubenville residence.

"I think up to nine firearms, including an assault rifle, the type of ammunition that would have pierced walls, that would have likely pierced vests,” Hanlin said. “I think the court was rightly concerned about bond in this case just because it was just an arsenal that was inside that house."

Hunt plead not guilty to all charges. His bond remains at $250,000.

Eric Montgomery

Eric Montgomery faces a charge of aggravated arson after allegedly setting fire to a vacant Steubenvile home in May.

He pled not guilty by reason of insanity.

His bond remains at $250,000.


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