A Springfield man accused of shooting and killing a pregnant woman is now charged with spitting on a jailer.
Travis Hypes, 26, already indicted on a murder charge, was indicted again in Clark County Common Pleas Court this time on a charge of harassment with bodily fluid. He is accused of spitting on a jailer after a confrontation started when he was asked to move a picture of Lindsey Marsh, the woman he allegedly shot, away from his jail cell window, according to an affidavit.
Hypes was previously charged with felony vandalism in Clark County Common Pleas Court after being accused of damaging a jail cell window earlier this year.
An affidavit in support of the new indictment says jail staff was performing the jail task of laundry change-out when Hypes was directed to remove photographs from his window so that jailers could see that the window was not damaged.
“Inmate Hypes immediately refused to remove the photographs and stated that no deputies were going to touch the photos,” the affidavit says.
He then took a defensive stance and threatened to hurt the jailer, the affidavit says. The deputy was able to get Hypes into handcuffs by drawing his stun gun, according to the affidavit, and Hypes was taken to a table where he was sat down to discuss the photos.
The affidavit says Hypes was still being aggressive and the deputies tried telling him that he was handling the situation wrong.
“He stood up and began to yell … that no one was going to touch” the photos, the affidavit says. “He was told once again our only objective was to be able to see that the integrity window is not compromised. To this, Inmate Hypes reacted by spitting on (a jailer).”
Hypes was removed at that time and taken to a cell where he began punching the walls, the affidavit says, and was later placed in a restraint chair.
Hypes is accused of killing Marsh on April 5 in a home on East McCreight Avenue.
A police affidavit says Hypes told them that the two were arguing when a shoving match began. Marsh was pregnant at the time.
Hypes allegedly told police he brandished the firearm but didn’t intend to kill Marsh, according to the affidavit. Marsh’s family has told the Springfield News-Sun they don’t believe Marsh would willing get into a shoving match because she was protective of her unborn child.
Medical professionals were able to save the child, the family said.
Hypes appeared in court in early July where a judge found that he is competent to stand trial. A next court date has not been set in the cases.
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