- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

MARIETTA, Ohio (AP) - A former southeastern Ohio sheriff’s deputy accused of fatally shooting an ex-colleague more than three decades ago has pleaded not guilty to weapons charges.

A grand jury indicted Mitchell Ruble last month on charges of unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance, illegal manufacture or processing of explosives and attempted illegal manufacture or processing of explosives.

Defense attorney James Burdon says Ruble entered the not guilty plea Tuesday in Washington County court.

The 64-year-old Ruble pleaded not guilty last year to an aggravated murder charge in the February 1981 shotgun slaying of Deputy Lt. Ray “Joe” Clark. Authorities say Ruble killed Clark after Clark fired him for inappropriate conduct.

Authorities say that while serving a search warrant, law enforcement discovered Ruble had a modified AR-15 rifle, hand grenades and other explosives.

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