James Campbell Jr.

Ethnic intimidation case against Springfield man dismissed

A Springfield man charged with ethnic intimidation was found incompetent to stand trial and his case was dismissed.

James Campbell Jr., 58, of Springfield, was accused of “causing a scene” in June when he threatened a man and his family with a firearm. Police alleged Campbell used a racial slur during the incident.

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Campbell was indicted on the fifth-degree felony in Clark County Common Pleas Court in July. He and his public defender entered a not guilty by reason of insanity plea in September and also requested a competency evaluation.

Court documents show Campbell was evaluated by Chelsey Mahler of the Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio on Nov. 8. Mahler determined Campbell couldn’t help defend himself during a trial.

Clark County Common Pleas Judge Douglas Rastatter followed the evaluation’s findings.

“The court finds the defendant is incompetent to stand trial and further finds that the defendant is not restorable,” online records say. “Case dismissed.”

Campbell’s legal troubles began when Springfield police were called to a home on June 27.

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There they met a man who said Campbell was outside of his home “causing a scene” while the man who was visiting relatives at a home nearby parked his car, according to a document filed in the Clark County Municipal Court.

The man told police Campbell routinely causes problems, but this time was different, as Campbell was allegedly waving a firearm in the air, the document says. Campbell could be heard threatening to use the weapon, then allegedly yelled, “I’ll blow your windows out,” according to the document.

Campbell also threatened to shoot up the man’s car while children were nearby, then ran back inside his home.

Concerned about his family’s safety, the report says the man who Campbell allegedly threatened called police.

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