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Accused killer has first day in court in Belmont County

David Kinney was in a courtroom on Thursday morning, just days after his arrest for the Sunday murder of Brad McGarry in a Bellaire home.

David Kinney was in a courtroom on Thursday morning, just days after his arrest for the Sunday murder of Brad McGarry in a Bellaire home.

Kinney went before Eastern Division Court Judge Al Davies during an arraignment hearing. He's charged with one count of murder -- a first degree felony.

His attorney, Chris Gagin, asked for a relatively low bail, given the charges.

"Mr. Kinney, your honor, is 30 years old, he’s married to his wife, Sherrie, been married for 9 years. They have three children together ages 14, 13, and 10," Gagin said.

"We would ask that given his record given his history, ties to the community, age, he has no passport, he has retained council. As we prepare to defend this case, we would ask for a bond of $100,000.”

The judge overruled that request, instead setting Kinney's bond at $1 million. A preliminary hearing is set for next Thursday.

Detectives say it was Kinney who called 911 after the shooting in Bellaire on Sunday.

After his arrest, Kinney is said to have changed his story numerous times.

An autopsy reveals the victim was shot twice in the back of the head.

On Wednesday, a search was underway to recover the weapon that was allegedly disposed of alongside state Route 7 between Bridgeport and West Wheeling.

It's still unclear what -- if anything -- was recovered.

Police and prosecutors say this is still a fluid investigation as they work to sort out fact from fiction.

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