Rodvold indicted for aggravated murder

NORWALK Despite claiming he shot his father to death in self-defense, Steven Rodvold was indicted on
Cory Frolik
May 24, 2010



Despite claiming he shot his father to death in self-defense, Steven Rodvold was indicted on Wednesday by a Huron County grand jury for aggravated murder and murder, both with firearm specification.

Aggravated murder requires the culprit had prior calculation and design — i.e., premeditation, said Huron County prosecutor Russ Leffler.

Although Rodvold told a Register reporter in court last week that he “didn’t do anything wrong,” authorities said their investigation suggests there may have been some planning involved in the shooting.

The evidence suggests Rodvold’s story that he shot his father six times with a .357 revolver to keep his relative from shooting him was a lie, authorities said.

Rodvold is being held at the Huron County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Also in custody at the jail is Justin K. Loudy, 19, N. Hester Street, Norwalk, who was indicted on one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Leffler said Loudy had a sexual contact with a 13-year-old in a wooded area near Pleasant Street in Norwalk.

An indictment is a only a formal charge and does not denote guilt or innocence.

Other indictments issued Wednesday:

• Robert E. Blazer, 38, 1800 block Shoshone Drive, London, one count of possession of heroin.

• Joseph Simon Yoder, 34, 1800 block Wenz Road, Wakeman, one count of menacing by stalking and one count assault.

• Derrick A. Gatton, 27, 100 block E. Main St., Norwalk, one count of trafficking in MDMA (ecstacy) and one count of trafficking in marijuana.

• Lauro Manolo Perez, 22, 300 block Elizabeth St., Willard, one count of felonious assault and one count of aggravated assault.

• Alan Revercomb Jr., 39, Oberlin, one count of felonious assault.

• Jeffrey Mullins, 45, 5400 block Ohio 60, Wakeman, two counts of nonsupport of dependents.

• Nicholas L. Wright, 19, 2200 block Old State Road N., Norwalk, one count of tampering with evidence.

• Nathaniel W. O’Brien, no information available, one count of theft.