|Sept. 9 trial set for man in Perrysburg Twp. case|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 17 August 2013 08:36|
The case of a Michigan man who was shot by police during an alleged burglary in Perrysburg Township earlier this year will be going to trial.
James Scott Newman, 39, Grand Rapids, Mich., appeared in the court of Wood County Judge Alan Mayberry for a hearing Friday.
During the hearing, prosecuting attorney Heather Baker indicated that Newman had turned down multiple plea deals from the prosecutor's office.
"At this point the state ... is prepared to go to trial on Sept. 9," she said.
Newman was caught by police on Jan. 29 after a Perrysburg Township police officer on a burglary patrol in the 9000 block of Roachton Road observed a suspicious vehicle and began to check local homes.
Newman was observed running from behind one of the residences into a woods near Bayer and Thompson roads.
Additional township officers, as well as Perrysburg and Rossford police, were called to the scene and the township canine unit was also activated.
Newman subsequently left the woods and was, at some point, shot in the leg by a Perrysburg City officer. He was taken to Toledo Hospital for treatment, and formally arrested in early February after his release.
The circumstances under which Newman was shot have never been fully laid out, and an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation report on the matter has not been made publicly available.
Jill Del Greco, a public information officer for the Ohio Attorney General's Office, said Friday that the report would not be made publicly available until the case has been closed.
A message left for Baker concerning the matter was not immediately returned.
Newman was indicted by a Wood County grand jury on two counts of burglary, two counts of disrupting public service, two counts of identity fraud, and single counts of safe cracking, possessing criminal tools, tampering with evidence, and obstructing official business.
He has been incarcerated in the Wood County jail since his arrest on $500,000 bond.
Newman has a lengthy criminal history in his home state of Michigan.
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