Andy O. Doczi

An Athens County grand jury indicted a Middleport man Monday on four felony charges, including aggravated murder and murder, for the killing of a Shade area man.

Andy O. Doczi , 37, was indicted Monday on an unspecified felony count of aggravated murder; an unspecified felony count of murder; a third-degree felony count of tampering with evidence; and a third-degree felony count of having weapons while under disability.

The aggravated murder and murder counts have a “firearm specification” charge attached to each charge that stipulates an additional three years of potential prison time because Doczi had a firearm and used it to allegedly commit the murder, according to a copy of the indictment.

Doczi was arrested in Pomeroy on May 24 for the death of Andrew T. Everett, 33, who lived on U.S. Rt. 33 near Shade. 

Everett’s body was found in a field outside a residence on Fossil Rock Road, about a mile and a half from Shade, on May 23 with a single gunshot wound to the head, according to a previous release from the Athens County Sheriff’s Office.

County Assistant Prosecutor Meg Saunders Tuesday alleged that Doczi lent his truck (which is registered under his girlfriend’s name) to two unidentified individuals for the purpose of going to buy methamphetamine.

“It ended up taking a pretty significant amount of time… and the two individuals that had borrowed the truck ended up not returning it,” Saunders explained. “Mr. Doczi started to get very angry… then takes the matter into his own hands and shows up at the residence on Fossil Rock Road.”

Saunders alleged that Doczi hid outside of the Fossil Rock Road residence where the truck was located on May 22 with another unidentified person. Both Doczi and the other person had firearms (Doczi had a .22-caliber rifle), she said.

Saunder said that Everett exited the home to move the truck.

“He (Doczi) doesn’t like the way that Mr. Everett is driving his truck and storms after him, firing two shots,” Saunders alleged. “…and Mr. Everett is found deceased the next morning.” Saunders said that Doczi believed that Everett was one of the two individuals who had borrowed his truck, and said that Doczi did not know who Everett was at the time of the altercation.

Saunders added that upon questioning from investigators, Doczi admitted his gun was used in the killing; he also led investigators to a “wooded area” in Meigs County where he had allegedly hidden the gun (which is what the tampering with evidence charge relates to)

Meanwhile, Saunders said that the weapons under disability charge relates to Doczi being “drug-dependent,” although she declined to say if he was on drugs at the time of the shooting.

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