Four charged with New Phila. murder

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NEW PHILADELPHIA  Four individuals accused of killing 18-year-old Justin Barnard and dumping his body in the Tuscarawas River have each been charged with one count of aggravated murder and murder. New Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Mary Wade Space set bond at $500,000 apiece the accused killers, Justin Stephan, 18; Diane Dinkelmann, 42; Chad Bowditch, 19; and Amanda Sickels Bowditch, 18.

A preliminary hearing for the four defendants has been scheduled for Oct. 6. All four individuals have reportedly confessed to their part in Barnard’s murder, according to prosecutors.

Both Chad Bowditch and Amanda Sickels Bowditch are reportedly former New Philadelphia High School students, while Stephan is a former Dover High student.

Stephan reportedly withdrew from Dover High School on Sept. 21, a day after authorities believe Barnard was murdered.

Dinkelmann is reportedly a convicted felon from New York state. At least two of the defendants have cited mental conditions for prior criminal records. Dinkelmann reportedly has a 14-year-old son. He has been placed in the temporary custody of the Tuscarawas County Department of Job & Family Services. The boy was reportedly asleep when Dinkelmann and the three co-defendants allegedly stabbed and beat Barnard to death in the basement of Dinkelmanns house where the Bowditches and Stephan had been staying.

Barnards body was found floating in the Tuscarawas River south of New Philadelphia. Authorities believe he was dumped off of a bridge upstream following the murder during the early morning hours of Sept. 20.

Justin Derik Barnard Obituary

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Justin            Derik        Barnard

Date of Birth:

                                Friday, May 22nd, 1987

Date of Death:

                                Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Funeral Home:

Geib Family Funeral Homes

116 Second Street NE
                        New Philadelphia,                        Ohio,                        UNITED STATES


Justin Derik Barnard, age 18, of New Philadelphia, was found dead in the Tuscarawas River, Tuesday September 27, 2005, the result of a brutal and horrific murder.  Born at Canton, Ohio, May 22, 1987, Justin was a son of Patricia Barnard-Stoller of New Philadelphia, and Michael Barnard of Felton, California. Justin grew up in the area having attended primary, middle, and high school within the New Philadelphia School district for most of his academic career. He spent several years residing with his father in California. His brief time here was characterized by a passion for helping his friends, spoiling his pets, telling outrageous stories, and using Legos, model cars, model aircraft to create for others what only his vivid imagination would fully reveal. Like many young men Justin was drawn to NASCAR, where, his brother is sure, Justin’s ability to take apart and put things back together would make him a great candidate for a mechanic in just about any pit crew. Around town, Justin was known to visit the Park Place Teen Center. He enjoyed bike riding, skateboarding, and was into playing video games and watching television – he was especially fond of The Daily Show. Most of all, Justin will be remembered as a caregiver to his friends – and his family. He leaves behind many friends who will remember Justin for his attentive ear, and for his ability to listen, he was thought of as a teenage therapist. In addition to his parents, Justin was loved and will be missed by his brother; Rich Kreider of New Philadelphia, a sister; Danica Hoppe of Canton, another brother; Samuel Barnard of Felton, California, a step-brother; Nick Villalobos, also of Felton. Survivors also include his maternal grandmother; Olivine Ward of Washington state, paternal grandmother; Levanche Barnard of Bellflower, California, a special father Richard Hoppe of Stanton, California, a special grandmother; Helen Hoppe of Fox Lake, Illinois, two maternal aunts; Johanne (Roger) Buck of Big Fork, Minnesota, and Diane Pelaske of Columbus, Georgia, a maternal uncle, Ken Howell of Lancaster, California, two paternal aunts; Jan (Ed) Tibbals, of Ventura, California, and Lori VanHofwegen of Bellflower, California, a paternal uncle; Charlie J. L. (Tamara) Barnard Jr., also of Bellflower, California, many cousins and an abundance of friends from California to the Tuscarawas Valley. Justin was preceded in death by his two grandfathers; William Howell, and Charlie J. L. Barnard Sr.  Justin’s family will receive friends Monday afternoon from 2-4 and 6-8 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory. Pastor Brian Flood will officiate a service celebrating Justin’s life Tuesday evening at 5:30 in the funeral home’s chapel. Following the Memorial Service, a reception will be held at the Dover Moose Lodge, 707 N. Tuscarawas Ave., Dover, for family and friends. Cremation will follow through the care of Geib’s Tuscarawas Valley Cremation Service. Memorial contributions to offset expenses to the family, may be made to the Justin D. Barnard Memorial Fund, in care of Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union, 119 Fillmore Avenue, Dover, Ohio, 44622.