Family friends share new details into Symmes Twp. murder

Family friends share new details into Symmes Twp. murder

SYMMES TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The suspect charged in a Symmes Township murder faced a judge Saturday and new details unfolded about how he knew the victim and what may have happened the morning of the killing.

Donald Durgan-Dawson made an appearance in front of a judge during his arraignment in court this morning, charged with the murder of Anant Singh, 64.

Singh was found shot to death at his Symmes Township home on Redcloud Court near Montgomery Road.

Officials said Durgan-Dawson was the property manager for Singh's real estate business and that detail could play a large role in the investigation.

Someone close to the family told FOX19 NOW that Durgan-Dawson actually showed up at the home of Singh to meet with the family after the murder had happened and even attended the funeral.

Another person close to the family also told FOX19 NOW that the two men were supposed to meet about business the morning the murder took place.

"This was his employer, allegedly murdered him right in the drive way of his home," the judge said.

According to authorities, Durgan-Dawson has prior felony and misdemeanor convictions in Hamilton County, serving two different sentences for robbery and theft.

"He's going to ask for a low bond. He can do EMD as a condition," Durgan-Dawson's public defender said.

A family friend who knew Singh described him as very gentle and decent man.

The judge set Durgan-Dawson's bond at a million dollars. He pleaded not guilty. His case is set to go before a grand jury later this month.

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