Grand jury indicts Whitewater Township man who deputies said claimed to shoot 'intruder'

Posted at 4:04 PM, Dec 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-25 16:04:08-05

CINCINNATI — A Hamilton County grand jury indicted a Whitewater Township man on Friday who deputies said shot and killed a man during an argument and later claimed the man was an "intruder" in his home.

Johnathan Heard, 38, shot and killed 26-year-old Butler County resident Andrew Naegele in Heard's State Route 128 home early on Dec. 12, deputies previously said.

Heard called 911 after the shooting and claimed to have shot an intruder. However, deputies said that Naegele was actually his drug dealer who had gone to Heard's home to collect a debt owed for methamphetamine.

A detective said in court documents that Heard had the gun illegally because he has prior felony convictions of domestic violence in Cincinnati and endangerment in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Heard is charged with two counts of murder, three counts of felonious assault and one count of attempted murder. He's being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center with a bond set at $250,000.