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Eltringham trial won’t be moved

December 30, 2011
By DEANNE JOHNSON , Salem News

LISBON - Judge Scott Washam denied a request by the defense attorney for Joseph A. Eltringham to have his case moved to a felony Veterans Court or the Mental Health Court in Mahoning County.

Eltringham, of East Rochester, is accused of beating and attempting to rob World War II veteran, Robert Kastelic, on Aug. 17. After the beating, the 86-year-old Kastelic had to crawl out of his bedroom window, then across the street to the neighbor's field to escape, authorities say. He laid in a field there until he was found by Chief Deputy Allan Haueter.

In his ruling this week, Washam noted the alleged offense happened in Columbiana County and so the venue in Common Pleas Court is appropriate.

Washam will wait until jury selection to determine whether pre-trial publicity will hinder Eltringham's right to a fair trial in the case.

Washam also denied the motion by attorney Richard Hura for Eltringham's $500,000 bond to be reduced. The judge cited a similar case where the Seventh District Court of Appeals determined increasing the bond of another person to $600,000 was the appropriate bond when that person was later indicted on additional, similar charges including intimidation of a witness.

Eltringham, 44, is charged with aggravated robbery, a first degree felony; felonious assault, a second degree felony; and intimidation, a third degree felony. He is scheduled for jury trial on March 12.

A psychological evaluation was previously ordered. Hura has argued Eltringham, who also serves in the military and at the time of alleged incident was an active member of the National Guard, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

djohnson@mojonews.com

 
 

 

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