Lima man charged with murder denied house arrest

October 12, 2012

LIMA — A Lima man who is facing a murder charge waived his preliminary hearing Friday, but was denied his request for a reduced bond or house arrest.

Antwan Secession, 28, of Lima, is accused of shooting Gregory Stewart, 58, who died Tuesday morning at Lima Memorial Health System.

He appeared Friday at 9:30 a.m. in front of Magistrate David A. Cheney for the charge, defended by lawyer William C. Vandemark. Vandemark asked for Secession to stay at the house belonging to his aunt, Marzelle Paris, on house arrest.

Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick said he “vehemently opposed” the option of house arrest for Secession.

Bail was continued for the court due to Secession’s previous record and the severity of the charge.

“The court in this case is going to continue the bond. The court knows of an aggravated assault conviction in 2004 and a felonious assault in 2007,” Magistrate David Cheney said. “We have a death. We have a serious charge and we have the use of a weapon. All these things warrant the bond to stay in place as is.”

Because he waived his preliminary hearing in municipal court along with the severity of the charge, his case was bound over to Allen County Common Pleas Court pursuant to a grand jury indictment.Secession’s bond is still set at $1 million.

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