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Trial date set for attorney facing felony charges

Published 11:20am Thursday, February 6, 2014

An Ironton attorney accused of firearms charges is scheduled to go to trial June 19.

Jason Smith, 39, of 116 N. Sixth St., Ironton, was indicted with third-degree counts of having weapons under a disability and illegal possession of a firearm in a liquor permit premises.

The weapons under a disability charge alleges Smith is a “chronic alcoholic.”

According to the Ohio Revised Code section 2923.13(A)(4), “no person shall knowingly acquire, have, carry, or use any firearm or dangerous ordnance, if … the person is drug dependent, in danger of drug dependence, or a chronic alcoholic.”

He was arraigned on those charges on Jan. 8 and pleaded not guilty. A $10,000 own-recognizance bond was set.

Visiting Judge Leonard Holtzapfel will preside over the case and John Haas will be the special prosecutor.

Smith is represented by Jeremy Dodgion, a Columbus-based attorney.

Charges against Smith stem from a July incident at the Fuzzy Duck on Center Street in Ironton.

According to an Ironton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the to the bar in reference to a fight. Officer Adam Koch wrote in the report that when he arrived on the scene, Smith was “laying on the floor with blood pouring from his ears and not very responsive.”

When Koch approached Smith, according to the report, he noticed a .32 caliber handgun in the waistband of his pants. The gun was taken as evidence.

Smith was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center Ironton Campus to be treated for his injuries.

IPD arrested Robert Harper, 37, of 2480 County Road 181, Ironton, for the alleged assault.

Harper was indicted and subsequently arraigned in September on a second-degree count of felonious assault, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Harper’s trial was originally set for Jan. 6 but has been continued pending his attorney’s illness.

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