South Lebanon man could face death penalty in sister's killing

Christopher Kirby indicted on 9 counts
South Lebanon man could face death penalty in sister's killing
Posted at 12:42 PM, Oct 23, 2017

WARREN COUNTY, Ohio -- A South Lebanon man could face the death penalty in connection with his sister's death.

Christopher G. Kirby killed his sister, Debra K. Power, at their home Sept. 15, Prosecutor David Fornshell said.

A grand jury indicted him on nine counts: aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, grand theft and tampering with evidence.

Sheriff's deputies had been called to help South Lebanon police with a man who was bleeding, sheriff's Lt. John Faine said. Investigators found Power's body during a search of the home, he said.

Blood was found in several rooms, according to a search warrant. The body was covered with a blanket and was cold to the touch.

Power's husband, Ronnie L. Power, was seriously injured. A grand jury found probable cause that Kirby intended to kill them both, Fornshell said.

Kirby was indicted on counts of attempted aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and felonious assault for Ronnie Power's injuries.

He lashed out during his during a video hearing last month:


The grand jury also indicted Kirby's wife, Jaqueline R. Kirby, on counts of tampering with evidence, receiving stolen property and misuse of credit cards.

Both should be arraigned this week in Warren County Common Pleas Court, Fornshell said.