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LEXINGTON -- A 28-year-old Lexington woman has been charged with the murder of her husband, whose body was found in the basement of their home on Tuesday.

Rebecca E. Harris Blevins, 31 Second Ave., made an initial appearance Wednesday in Mansfield Municipal Court, charged in the death of Todd Blevins, 38.

Rebecca Harris Blevins

Rebecca Harris Blevins, 28, was charged Wednesday with the murder of her husband in Lexington.

Bond was set at $1 million and a preliminary hearing is scheduled May 6 at 9 a.m. before Judge Jerry Ault. She is charged with murder and abuse of a corpse, according to court records.

Richland County Coroner's investigator Bob Ball said the victim died from an apparent gunshot wound. A final determination will be made after an autopsy on Thursday in Montgomery County, he said.

Lexington police Chief Brett Pauley, in an emailed press release Wednesday morning, said officers received a missing person's report Tuesday at 10:43 a.m. regarding Todd Blevins.

"Throughout the course of the investigation, information was gained that the missing man's wife may have knowledge of his disappearance," Pauley said.

The chief said police contacted the woman at the residence.

"At first, she was cooperative with officers and allowed them inside their home, but ended the contact and asked them to leave while she picked up her children from school," the chief said.

Pauley said officers went outside and secured the home while a search warrant was obtained. Armed with the warrant, officers re-entered the residence and found the man dead in the basement, the chief said.

Pauley said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification was contacted to process the residence and a "be-on-the-lookout-for" notification was sent to area law enforcement agencies regarding the woman.

The chief said the Ohio State Highway Patrol located the woman at about 6:30 p.m. and she was taken into custody without incident.

"We would like to thank BCI, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Richland County Prosecutor's Office, Richland County Coroner's Office and Marion Police Department for their help," Pauley said.

The chief said the investigation is ongoing.

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