Man Allegedly Connected With Murder Case Faces New Charges

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A Glouster man already imprisoned on charges connected to a murder investigation was arraigned on new charges Wednesday.

Robert Degarmore was indicted earlier this month on two charges of receiving stolen property, one a fifth-degree felony and one a misdemeanor charge.

At his arraignment in Athens County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday, Degarmore received a $25,000 bond, and can have no contact with his sister Rhonda Degarmore or Paul J. Roberts.

Both are also implicated in a murder case in which Roberts faces murder, aggravated murder and other charges in the death of his father, Paul E. Roberts. The father was found dead under the porch of his Locust Street home on Oct. 20. A jury trial for Paul J. Roberts is scheduled for March.

Rhonda Degarmore has already pleaded guilty to charges of obstructing justice, receiving stolen property and theft and agreed to testify against Paul J. Roberts. She was sentenced to nearly five years in prison.

The receiving stolen property charge that Robert Degarmore faces is in regard to a credit/debit card owned by the deceased Roberts. The prosecution is accusing Robert Degarmore of misusing the credit card. The misdemeanor charge alleges that he “unlawfully did receive, retain, or dispose of gasoline, the property of Paul E. Roberts,” according to court documents.

Robert Degarmore is already incarcerated on unrelated charges and is facing community control violations including heroin use and other violations. He is awaiting another hearing in which evidence is set to be presented on the violations.

Seven community control violations were presented to the court at a prior hearing, which included two for assisting in the removal of property from the residence of Paul E. Roberts. The prosecution accused Robert Degarmore of helping take out a water heater, transporting an allegedly stolen pool table, being in contact with someone under indictment (Paul J. Roberts) and using the credit card that allegedly belonged to Paul E. Roberts. Two admissions of heroin use were also listed as violations, according to court documents.