Thursday, April 8, 2010

Indicted wildlife officials have pre-trial hearing set

The six Ohio Division of Wildlife officials each have up-coming pre-trial hearings set for the Brown County Common Pleas Court before judge Scott Gosweiler.

Each official is charged with felony indictments and also with a misdemeanor charge in the case of one defendant, their arraignments having been April 5.

Allan Wright - the state wildlife officer assigned to Brown County - will appear for his pre-trial hearing at 2 p.m., April 21.

Assistant wildlife division chief Randy Miller, Wildlife Division law enforcement administrator James Lehman, Wildlife District 5 (southwest Ohio) director Todd Haines, and the agency's human resources manager Michele Ward-Tackett all are scheduled to appear at 11 a.m., April 21.

David Graham - the Wildlife Division's chief - has his pre-trial hearing set for 8:30 a.m., April 27.

A pre-trial hearing is designed for the exchange of information between the county prosecutor and the defendants' attorneys. Often a second pre-trial hearing is held as well, a Brown County Common Pleas Court official said Thursday.

Pending the outcome of their legal matters each defendant was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources director Sean Logan.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn
JFrischkorn@News-Herald.com

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