A Clark County murder trial that was set for this week has been continued.
The defense team for Gabriel Crossley, who is charged with murder and felonious assault in Clark County Common Pleas Court, asked the court to continue the jury trial set to begin Tuesday.
“…the reason for that counsel for defendant must attend to personal matters,” the motion filed by attorneys at Rion Rion and Rion law firm says.
The Oct. 15 jury trial date has been vacated, according to Clark County Common Pleas Court records. It is the second time a trial date in the case has been continued.
Police and the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office allege Crossley shot and killed 35-year-old Jahream Beard during a fight that happened outside the Wagon Wheel bar in June 2018.
A court document filed by Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Driscoll states Crossley purposely opened fire into a crowd at the Wagon Wheel bar the night of the fatal shooting.
“The defendant did purposefully fire a deadly weapon (firearm) into a crowd of people multiple times with the purpose to cause physical harm and death,” the court record states. “One round struck the victim causing his death. The defendant then removed the firearm and discarded it impairing its availability as evidence in this matter.”
Two others were shot, according to police, but neither suffered life-threatening injuries.
Clark County Prosecutor Dan Driscoll told the Springfield News-Sun in an interview that Crossley’s indictment only reflects charges relating to the death of Beard. He said he believes Beard and Crossley knew each other.
Crossley was not listed as an inmate in the Clark County Jail this week. Clark County Common Pleas Court Judge Douglas Rastatter had previously set his bond at $250,000 in the case.
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