Lima man gets new trial date in murder case


First Posted: 5/30/2014

LIMA — A man charged with murder in a slaying earlier this year outside a bar was assigned a new trial date Friday for Aug. 4.

Jaquone Phillips, 18, waived his right to a speedy trial to give his attorney more time to prepare his defense. The court also scheduled pretrial hearings for June 26 and July 16.

Phillips is charged with murder with a gun, felonious assault with a gun and having a gun under a court sanction.

The charges are in connection with the April 12 shooting that killed 19-year-old Marcus Simpson Jr. and wounded 21-year-old Devontae Williams. The two men were shot in the parking lot outside H&R Lounge at 114 E. 12th St. at 3:57 a.m.

Judge David Cheney asked Phillips if his attorney, John Hopkins, was meeting with him and going over evidence. Phillips said yes.