POINT PLEASANT — A Point Pleasant man charged in last week’s shootings at Pleasant Valley Apartments is currently being housed in the Western Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond.
Franklin Scott Eaves, 22, Point Pleasant, appeared before Mason County Magistrate Cheryl Miller Ross last week for his arraignment. Ross set his bond at $100,000 on two counts of unlawful malicious assault.
Eaves’ case was then assigned to Mason County Magistrate Gail Roush who will preside over Eaves’ preliminary hearing at 3 p.m., Jan. 10 in Mason County Magistrate Court.
Last week on New Year’s Day, Eaves is accused of shooting through the back glass of a residence on Evergreen Drive at Pleasant Valley Apartments. He allegedly wounded Earl Bonecutter, Jr., age unreported, and Michael Stewart, 20, both of Point Pleasant.
According to Point Pleasant Police Chief Ernie Watterson, both Bonecutter and Eaves are neighbors, and it appears after an argument ensued, Eaves retrieved a shotgun, went back to Bonecutter’s apartment and allegedly starting shooting, hitting both Bonecutter and Stewart, who was also at the residence.
Eaves fled the scene and was later found on the railroad tracks behind a local car wash, “highly intoxicated” and with possible symptoms of hypothermia, according to Watterson. Eaves was transported to Pleasant Valley Hospital for treatment and later released and taken to jail.
Last week, Watterson said Bonecutter underwent surgery for a wound to the abdomen and was expected to recover. Stewart was treated for receiving buckshot and was also expected to make a full recovery.
Watterson said alcohol appeared to have at least played a part in the escalation of the argument, but the reason for that argument remains unclear. Watterson did say this incident does not appear to be drug related.