Murder trial remains on schedule for June

LISBON — The jury trial remains scheduled for June for Robert Stevens, the Calcutta man accused of murder in the home invasion robbery and assault, which is believed to have ultimately led to the death of Charles Travis Jr.

During a brief hearing on Thursday, defense attorney Jennifer Gorby told Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam she has been in contact with the expert witness, Dr. William Cox, hired on behalf of the defense, who is going through the medical records pertaining to the case. Gorby said Cox has looked at some of the records and requested more.

Gorby said she has requested and received those records from Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Gamble and would be forwarding them on. She did not see any reason at this point to change the date for Steven’s jury trial, which is scheduled for June 3.

In March Washam approved up to $1,500 to pay for the expert witness. Stevens, who is indigent, has his defense paid for through the courts.

Stevens, 49, Fox Chase Road, East Liverpool, was initially charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, felonious assault and tampering with evidence after Travis, an 89-year-old Air Force veteran, was found by a family member beaten in his home on March 9, 2018. A murder charge was added by superseding indictment after Travis died on July 19.

According to investigators, Stevens confessed to the home invasion and to burning the bloody clothing he wore during the incident along with other evidence. He is alleged to have gained access to the home by saying he had a package Travis needed to sign for and using a Fed Ex box to get Travis to open the door.

Stevens is accused of taking about $300 from Travis’ wallet during the robbery.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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