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Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 8:31 AM
— The hung jury that led to a mistrial in the murder case of Dayton’s Deonte D. Snowden voted 16 times, according to the jury foreman.
Jury foreman Mark Ewald thought the evidence and testimony made it a “cut-and-dried” case in favor of a guilty verdict, but he said one juror said they could not be “100 percent” certain and voted to acquit.
“It was so cut and dried … to everybody but one person,” Ewald said. “We voted 16 times and it was 11 to 1.”
Snowden, 36, faces two counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and one count of having weapons under disability related to the June 6, 2016, shooting death of William Sarver, 57.
A second trial was scheduled for April 9, 2018. Attorney Jay Carter will take over Snowden’s defense from Anthony VanNoy, who stepped aside due to his trial schedule, according to court documents.
A Montgomery County Common Pleas Court jury heard evidence during a trial last week that lasted less than two days. Deliberations lasted about as long as the trial before Judge Gregory Singer declared a mistrial.
Less than halfway through deliberations, Singer issued what he termed a “firecracker charge” in which he asked the jury if they thought a verdict could be reached after further discussion.
Ewald, who told Singer yes, said the jury listened to the 911 call again and watched all the testimony again. He said the jury member who voted to acquit said they wanted more forensic evidence.
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“My client has maintained his innocence throughout,” VanNoy said. “He always indicated that someone else shot Mr. Sarver and that he just doesn’t know who it was. It had to be someone standing close by to him. That’s his perspective.”
Assistant prosecutor John Amos said the jury member who voted to acquit wasn’t going to convict Snowden no matter the evidence or testimony.
Ewald said he was honored to be on his first jury and that he was “so impressed with the defense lawyer and the prosecutor and the process” but that he was “flabbergasted and disappointed” that the jury didn’t reach a unanimous verdict.
VanNoy said a key witness didn’t identify Snowden on her 911 call seconds after the shooting, but that she did in court. VanNoy also said there were other male voices heard during the 911 call so it is “incredulous” to suggest nobody else was nearby.
“The jury spoke,” VanNoy said. “We seek unanimous verdicts for a reason in our country. And when we don’t have a unanimous verdict, we try the case over again.”
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:11 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
SHELBY COUNTY — UPDATE @ 4 p.m.
A Sidney man is facing aggravated vehicular homicide charges in connection to a fatal crash involving an SUV and horse-drawn buggy.
Steven Eugene Hunter, 42, was booked into the Shelby County Jail early this morning. He is being held without bond.
A 23-year-old woman was killed, and her husband and two infant children all remain in critical condition at hospitals in Dayton.
The Amish family who lives in the Maplewood area all were ejected from a buggy that was struck from behind just before 9 p.m. Friday on state Route 47 near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County line.
UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.
A 23-year-old woman was killed and two infants and a man critically injured Friday night after they were ejected from a buggy in an alcohol-related crash.
“The preliminary investigation indicated that the buggy was westbound, properly lit, on state Route 47. A westbound SUV struck the buggy from behind,” Lt. Tim Bender of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said of the deadly crash involving four members of a local Amish family.
The crash happened just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County border.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Two infants were flown by CareFlight to a Dayton hospital, and a man was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The infants and man “are in critical condition at this time,” Bender said.
None of the victims’ names have been released.
The SUV driver, whose name also has not been released, attempted to flee but his vehicle was stuck so he ran on foot, the lieutenant said.
“He was apprehended by Logan County Sheriff’s deputies about a mile from the scene,” Bender said. “It is possible the driver of the vehicle was alcohol-involved.”
The SUV driver suffered minor injuries.
“The horse (pulling the buggy) also had minor visible injuries and was taken to a farm nearby,” Bender said.
The 911 call originally went to Logan County because the crash happened so close to the county line,and both agencies are handling the crash jointly, Bender said.
The SUV driver will be cited for assured clear distance and likely will face more charges in the fatal crash.
Crews were called tonight to a serious crash between a vehicle and buggy.
The collision was reported just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West, near Township Road 33 North.
According to initial reports, there are at least three people injured.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office dispatch said no other information was available at this time.
Two CareFlight medical helicopters have been requested.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:21 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 10:15 a.m.:
The two victims who died after a shooting this morning outside a Dayton nightclub been identified.
Darion Harris, 29, of Dayton died at the scene and Ashley James, 28, of Dayton died of her injuries at Miami Valley Hospital, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
Two people were killed in an early morning shooting outside Rick Jazz Lab.
Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to the 1800 block of Lakeview Avenue on a report of a shooting.
A 27-year-old man died at the scene and a woman was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she died, Sgt. Thomas Schloss of the Dayton Police Department said.
The victims were found shot inside a blue Ford pickup truck outside the club, Schloss said.
Police are not releasing if they have any suspects at this time
Anyone with information is urged to call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP(7867.)
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:31 AM
GREENE COUNTY — Two drivers were arrested on suspicion of impaired driving Friday night in patrols in the area of OVI checkpoints held in Beavercreek and Fairborn.
The sobriety checkpoints took place on Colonel Glenn Highway from 8 to 10 p.m. in Beavercreek and 10 p.m. to midnight in Fairborn, Lt. Matt Schmenk of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Xenia Post said.
Five motorists were evaluated for impairment during the checkpoints but no arrests were made. Two OVI arrests were made during the checkpoints through extra patrols in the area for the checkpoint, Schmenk said.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:07 AM
TROY — Police are looking for a suspect who drove into the side of a house early this morning.
Crews were dispatched around 2:15 a.m. to the 400 block of East Staunton Road on reports of a vehicle into a structure.
The motorist didn’t stay at the scene and drove away after causing significant damage to the house, Sgt. Zac Mumford of the Troy Police Department said.
The vehicle was found unoccupied a couple blocks away with significant damage.
Residents were home at the time but no one was injured, Mumford said.