John Allen Warren

John Allen Warren

A Waverly man was arrested on Saturday and charged with murder and tampering with evidence in the stabbing death of a local man.

According to Pike County Sheriff James E. Nelson, on Saturday at 6:38 p.m., Pike County Dispatch received a call of a stabbing at a residence located at 5719 State Route 220.

“Upon arrival, deputies located a male laying in the bathtub of the residence with a severe stab wound to the upper chest,” the sheriff reported. “Deputies and EMS personnel performed CPR on the male, identified as Paul David Valliere, age 35, of Salt Creek Road, but were unable to revive him. Valliere was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS and the coroner.

“Upon arriving on the scene, deputies received information that the suspect was John Allen Warren, age 51, of Waverly. Warren was located and taken into custody while deputies and officers from the Waverly Police searched the area. A search for the murder weapon was conducted and was not located.”

According to Sheriff Nelson, Capt. James Burchett contacted the Ohio Department of Natural Resources who responded with a K-9 to search for the evidence. The weapon was located by the K-9 team and taken into evidence by Capt. Burchett.

“Warren was transported to the Pike County Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed by Capt. Burchett and charged with murder and tampering with evidence,” Nelson reported. “He was then transported and lodged in the Butler County Jail ... A case will be presented to the next term of the Pike County Grand Jury.”

Sheriff Nelson thanked everyone who assisted in this case.

According to online court records, Warren appeared in Pike County Court on Monday and bail was set at $530,000 cash or 10 percent bond. The case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Pike County Court on Nov. 16.

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