Grand jury to hear case against shooting suspect
Amber Gillenwater email@example.com
GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County man accused of shooting and severely wounding a man last month in the Rio Grande area waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, according to an official with the Gallipolis Municipal Court.
Michael Merry, 49, Thurman, was scheduled to appear before Municipal Court Judge Margaret Evans on Tuesday morning with his attorney Jeff Finley for a preliminary hearing in regard to a felonious assault charge stemming from an incident that occurred on November 13. However, Merry reportedly waived his right to the preliminary hearing.
The case will now be taken directly to grand jury where jurors will decide if Merry will be indicted on the felonious assault charge.
Gallia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13 in the 2,000 series of Cherry Ridge Road after Merry allegedly shot the victim, David Michael Canter, 26.
Charges were later filed with the municipal court, and Merry was arraigned on November 15 and charged with a second-degree felonious assault charge after he allegedly knowingly caused or attempted to cause physical harm to the victim by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was later released from the Gallia County Jail on a $75,000, 10 percent, bond.
The charges filed and signed by Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning state that 911 dispatchers received a call from a third party on the evening of November 13 who stated that someone had been knocking on his door asking for help. This individual did not open his door as a precaution until law enforcement arrived, but it was presumed that the person knocking on the door had been Canter, who had made his way to the residence and was subsequently found by deputies in the driveway of the home.
The victim, who was reportedly in severe pain, had one gunshot wound to his torso and was flown to a trauma center.
The defendant was later questioned by deputies, and, according to the complaint, “admitted to shooting several shots toward the victim to scare him and struck the victim in the torso area.”
When questioned on Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff Browning reported that additional details in this case will not be released at this time as it is an ongoing investigation.
Further information about this case will be released when it is made available by law enforcement.
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