… then left her four-year-old son at an Ohio rest stop.
Dayton, OH – Jennifer Nelson, 29, was a young married mother, putting her four-year-old son to bed on Friday night. Jenny’s husband Eddie was working at one of his three jobs – jobs he worked so that Jenny could stay home with little William. As Jenny put Will to bed, evil broke into the Nelson home. Charlie W. Myers, 22, shot and killed Jennifer Nelson in front of her little boy. He then stole two computers – and Will.
The murder of Jenny Nelson probably started the week before Christmas, when Charlie Myers allegedly stole the Nelson’s car from a local parking garage. It seems likely that he got documents from the car with the home address inside, and that Myers went to the home on Friday night to steal some more.
When confronted by Jenny Nelson in the home, Charlie Myers shot her to death. He then grabbed the computers and some other items which have not been released, picked up little Will, and headed out in the Nelson’s other car. After driving along I-70 toward Columbus for some time, Myers made his only good decision of the evening: he pulled over at a rest stop and let William out of the car. Then he drove off.
Enter Mike and Judith McConnell. When they pulled into the rest stop on Friday night, they spotted a little boy looking upset and confused. When the Maryland couple saw that there was no adult around, they approached Will and asked him if he was lost.
“I began asking him questions, and he told me that a stranger had come into his house without knocking,” said Mike McConnell. “And I said ‘Well, where was your mommy?’ And he said ‘He shot my mommy.”‘
Will knew his address and his phone number and was able to give the police accurate information about where he lived and what had happened. Police rushed to the Nelson’s Harrison Township home, where their worst fears were confirmed – Jennifer Nelson lay dead on the floor, the victim of at least one gunshot wound. Eddie Nelson was called at work and told to get home.
“The best thing (William) did for us was told us where he lived, gave us the address, told us what happened, what he’d seen … gave us a description of the suspect,” said Sheriff Phil Plummer of the Montgomery Co. Sheriff’s Office. “So you know that’s a great job by the young man … I’m impressed with how sharp he was.”
By Sunday evening, police had recovered both stolen vehicles. The car stolen just before Christmas was found at a local flea market. The Nelson’s other car was found not far from the crime scene. Tips combined with evidence and Will’s statements led police to Myers. One of the computers stolen from the Nelson home has already been recovered. Sheriff Plummer says that the motive is probably robbery, and that while Myers has “admitted involvement” in the murder, “he remains unremorseful”.
Charlie W. Myers is being held without bond at the Franklin County Jail in Columbus, Ohio, where he is being held on suspicion of aggravated murder. He is expected to be charged today or tomorrow.
UPDATE 1/06/09 – Charlie Myers has now been charged with aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of kidnapping and one count each of gross sexual imposition, grand theft of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property and having weapons while under disability (Myers is hearing impaired).
Sex toys and bloody underwear were found at the scene, so it’s a certainty that Nelson was raped. In addition, new information has been released that the car stolen December 17 was unlocked and contained house keys and a wallet with identification inside. We’ll keep you posted as new developments come up.