Bush found guilty on 6 felony counts from November 2019 double murder


Josia Bush, 19, of Urbana, was recently found guilty of murder from the Thanksgiving Eve double murder in 2019.

A jury found Bush guilty of six counts of complicity to aggravated burglary (F1), aggravated robbery (F1), kidnapping (F1), felonious assault (F2), and two counts of murder (unclassified felonies).

Bush will be sentenced on Thursday, November 10, and faces a life term.

Back on November 27, 2019, Bush along with Ethan Grim, now 20, and Elijah Barrett, now 18, entered the residence of 601 West Columbus Avenue around 11:30 p.m. and shot Caleb Chamberlin, 22, and Anthony Scartz, 24, multiple times.

Chamberlin died in the shooting. Scartz died several days later.

Officers from Bellefontaine Police reported the teens each entered the home and began shooting at some point shortly thereafter.

Two adult females were assaulted at the scene. A juvenile that lived in the home was not harmed physically during the incident.

The boys had been to the home before.

Barrett was shot during the gunfight. He sought medical treatment at Mercy Memorial Hospital in Urbana early Thanksgiving morning. He was then flown to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Barrett was released from the hospital Friday morning.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office located Grim and Bush the day after the shooting.

Initially, the Urbana Police Department received a tip regarding their location.

All three teens were lodged in the Logan County JDC.

On November 29th, Austin Allen, now 23, of Bellefontaine, was arrested and charged with complicity to aggravated robbery. Authorities believe that Allen was with the teens who entered the home and participated in their getaway.

In December, Barrett plead guilty to complicity to aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, and murder. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25-27 years.

Barrett is currently lodged in the Orient Correctional Facility.

Allen and Grim have upcoming trials.

They were charged with seven counts of complicity to aggravated burglary (F1), aggravated robbery (F1), kidnapping (F1), felonious assault (F2), and murder (unclassified felonies).

Allen’s trial is set to start on November 29. Grim’s trial is scheduled for January 9, 2023.

Allen had entered guilty pleas to complicity to aggravated burglary and complicity to aggravated burglary without specifications that a gun was used in the crimes a year ago. In August he withdrew these pleas.

At the time of the murders, Bush was 16, Barrett was 15, and Grim was 17. Each was bound over from juvenile court to stand trial as an adult in the summer of 2021.