LISBON - It's official: Last summer's shooting death of 69-year-old William S. Young Jr. has been ruled a homicide.
Columbiana County Dr. William Graham Jr. issued the cause-of-death ruling after receiving the results this week of the autopsy performed on Young by the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office.
Young was found shot to death Aug, 11 in the woods behind his home on Spring Valley Road, Wayne Township, after the county sheriff's office had been contacted by Huntington National Bank officials trying to contact him because of suspicious activity on his bank account.
Charles R. Bogart Jr., 35, later was identified as a person of interest in the case by the county prosecutor's office after he was stopped while driving Young's pickup truck and also found to have his wallet. A search warrant found more of Young's property at Bogart's home on Hazel Run Road, Salineville. Then Young's PT Cruiser was found across the road from Bogart's property, parked in the middle of high weeds and shrubs.
Since then, Bogart has been held in the county jail after being charged with a host of property crimes involving property belonging to Young. The coroner's ruling clears the way for the county prosecutor to pursue charges in regard to his death.
Among the new information contained in the autopsy report is the fact Young was shot "multiple times" but at least twice, including in the torso and left leg. Graham believes one of the shots was to his head based on his interpretation of information contained in the autopsy report, but investigators were unable to officially determine that given Young's advanced state of decomposition, which forced them to confirm his identity through dental records.
The autopsy also established the date of Young's death as about 10 a.m. Aug, 2, 2010, nine days before his body was discovered. This would have been one day before Bogart reportedly tried to pass himself off as Young in an attempt to cash a check from his account in the amount of $3,500 at the Calcutta branch of Huntington National Bank. This resulted in Bogart being charged with receiving stolen property.
Bogart also has been charged with using Young's credit cards six times to make purchases between Aug. 3 and Aug. 9.