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Today, former Allen County Assistant Prosecutor Kenneth Sturgill started as Allen County Public Defender. He spent 8 years at the prosecutor’s office and was eager to apply for the position. His first order of business is to hire a Chief Assistant to help get the office up and running. He feels his experience in the courtroom has prepared him to create a more efficient system with a full-time public defender’s office.
A 2019 murder case can now come to a close with both defendants sentenced.
975 St. John's Ave. was the sight of a deadly shooting. Kenneth Cobb is facing prison time for the crime. His co-defendant, Jerome Fuqua, won't face a similar punishment.
Fuqua was sentenced to five years of probation on a charge of having weapons under disability. Fuqua was originally charged with murder, like Cobb, but the prosecution said it would be too difficult in a trial to prove all the elements.
Yosmer Camejo is charged with two counts of rape for two different acts he allegedly performed on the alleged victim, Megan Estes.
"The defendant starts hitting on Megan, making passes at her, making comments to her suggesting that he would like to have sex with her," said Kenneth Sturgill, Assistant Allen County Prosecutor speaking during opening statements. "And she made it very clear that she wasn’t interested."
Estes took the stand on the first day to tell her side and gave us permission to record her story.
The prosecutor agreed to remove some language from the rape charge so that it didn’t include that Ward, "purposefully compelled the victim by force or threat of force." And even with A guilty plea, Ward lacked accountability. Ward’s attorney did acknowledge that he has some slight intellectual defects. None the less, he was convicted last October for other sexual crimes that took place just days before he committed the rape. In municipal court, two counts of sexual imposition involving another young girl.
The jury will decide if Everett Ward is guilty or innocent of charges of rape and gross sexual imposition. He has been accused by a girl, who was 11 years old at the time, saying he raped her on Aug. 6, 2018. In March, he was ruled competent to stand trial after a mental evaluation. The prosecutor says the alleged victim was a friend of Ward's daughter and was in their house for a sleepover. The victim's mother had been good friends with the Ward family and the prosecutor says Ward was in a place of trust.
In late January, John Kehoe was convicted after a jury trial for rape. Today he returned to the courtroom to hear his fate. In Allen County Common Pleas Court, John Kehoe was sentenced to 23 years in prison for his conviction on three counts of rape. Kehoe raped a friend of his step-daughter’s back in January 2019. The victim, Selena Harrison, testified during the trial, providing a crucial testimony. The judge addressed Harrison following her judgment.
The evidence is in the jury's hands now. They have gone into deliberation in the trial of Kenneth Cobb. The trial has come down to the question, was this self-defense or not? During closing arguments the prosecution says it's clear Cobb fired a fatal shot at Branson Tucker and the defense didn't argue against that. The defense has the duty to prove Cobb used self defense. What the defense did argue was that Cobb was being assaulted and had no other choice. The defense attorney also says one witness who was there and testified can't be trusted because a prior conviction of robbery.
A trial against an Arizona man accused of driving drunk and colliding with a Michigan family started in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
John Robinson's trial started with opening statements from the prosecution. The defense deferred from opening statements. Robinson is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and six other charges. He's suspected of entering I-75 in Beaverdam and driving the wrong way and hitting another vehicle. The crash killed 15-year-old Christopher Watson. Three of Watson's family members inside the car testified saying four of them including children were seriously hurt. Robinson was also identified drinking at a bar in Lima and Beaverdam.
The man found guilty of stabbing his friend was back in Allen county Common Pleas Court for sentencing this morning. 28 year-old Dalton Crowe was sentenced to three years in prison for felonious assault. A jury convicted him last month on the charge.