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Columbus physician indicted for murder of another doctor COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The chairman of the obstetrics and gynecology department of a Columbus hospital was arrested Friday and charged with murder in the slaying of another Columbus physician. A grand jury indicted Dr. David Ucker of Grant Hospital on charges of aggravated murder, complicity, and unlawful transaction in weapons in connection with the 1977 death of Dr. Walter Bond. Ucker surrendered to authorities when he heard of the indictment and later in the day pleaded innocent in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to all three counts. Judge Craig Wright set a $10,000 surety bond, a $10,000 appearance bond and a $50,000 recognizance bond for Ucker. Ucker, who also is a practicing attorney, was accompanied to the arraignment by attorneys Ellen Wristen, with whom he shares a law office, and Leonard W. Yelski of Cleveland. Ucker resigned from his post as a deputy Franklin County coroner two weeks ago. The Columbus Dispatch reported that Grant Hospital officials are considering relieving Ucker of his chairmanship because of the indictment. The grand jury said Ucker was involved in the solicitation or procurement of Ralph DeLeo to commit kidnapping. The jury said Ucker gave a firearm to DeLeo, an escaped bank robber from Massachusetts, who pleaded guilty to killing Bond. DeLeo was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. But in a bargain with the Franklin County Prosecutor's office, he agreed to testify about the murder before the grand jury and at any subsequent trials. Prosecutors have refused to discuss the details of the slaying, but authorities have said the killing was the result of a romantic triangle. Bond, a black who lived in a fashionable East Side neighborhood, was shot once in the head and once in the chest. His widow, Marie, left Columbus with her two sons last summer and moved to New Orleans. The black community in Columbus has been pressing Franklin County Prosecutor George Smith to solve the slaying. His office once indicted the wrong man for the murder. The falsely accused man was dismissed after prosecutors talked to DeLeo. Earlier this week, Dr. Donald Plotnick, a Columbus podiatrist, and Ucker, who is white, appeared before the grand jury investigating . the slaying. Plotnick spent 11 months in prison at Lewisburg, Pa., the same time that DeLeo was imprisoned there. Plotnick had been convicted on a federal charge of dealing in firearms and ammunition without a federal license. r 4 - r News Herald

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  1. News Herald,
  2. 26 May 1979, Sat,
  3. Page 5

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