A Springfield man accused of shooting and killing a pregnant woman in April is set to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity or mental defect, according to online court records.
Travis Hypes, 26, is charged with murder in connection with the death of Lindsey Marsh, of Mechanicsburg. Marsh was 30 weeks pregnant with Hypes’ child at the time of her slaying, according to police. The baby survived.
Hypes originally pleaded not guilty to charges in Clark County Common Pleas Court. But in a May motion filing, his attorney announced their intentions to change that plea and requested a competency evaluation on Hypes.
Hypes was set to appear in court on June 1, however, it is unclear if a hearing was held.
Marsh was fatally shot on April 5 in a home on East McCreight Avenue, according to police. A police affidavit says Hypes told them that the two were arguing when a shoving match began. He brandished the firearm but didn’t intend to kill Marsh, Hypes said according to the affidavit.
“He would tell us he and Marsh were arguing and this led to the two of them shoving each other,” the affidavit says. “During the shoving, Travis said he reached into his right pocket and pulled out a pistol. She shoved him again after the gun, so he shover her back with both hands His right hand had the gun in it and as he shoved her it discharged.”
Marsh’s family disputes those claims, saying that Marsh as protective of her baby and she would never willingly get in a shoving match.
Marsh was flown to Miami Valley Hospital where the baby was delivered but Marsh died.
A next court date against Hypes has not been set, according to online court documents.
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