LIMA — A clearer picture is beginning to emerge in the stabbing death of a man last month.
Charles E. “C.J.” McGuire Jr., 30, of Lima was in court Friday at a preliminary hearing listening to police, and a witness linked him to the fatal stabbing of 29-year-old James E. Gipson on Dec. 27.
While McGuire was not the person who stabbed Gipson, he was the man who set up the home-invasion robbery which led to Gipson’s death, Lima Police Detc. Tim Clark said Friday.
Lima Municipal Magistrate Richard Warren sent McGuire’s case to the grand jury for consideration. McGuire is charged with aggravated burglary through Ohio’s complicity law.
The robbery plan started with McGuire promising to forgive a $10 or $15 debt that Gipson owed. Part of that deal, though, was Gipson needed to collect from another person who owed McGuire money. Gipson was told he would make $200 on that act, Clark said.
After agreeing to the deal with McGuire, Gipson grabbed a crowbar from his home and headed to another home on Catalpa Avenue to rob Juanita Donegan and her family, Clark said.
Donegan, who testified, said her son started out owing McGuire $40 which quickly grew to $750 with interest since he did not pay on McGuire’s timetable. She said McGuire made numerous threats against her and her family, assaulted her husband and also threatened to steal their television and other electronics from their home as payment.
Donegan was granted a court protection order.
Days later, the night of the home invasion, Gipson arrived at her home. Her son let him in, unaware of the danger, she said.
When she discovered Gipson in her house, she asked him to leave. He refused and told her son to shut the curtains. Gipson pulled the crowbar from his jacket and began swinging it, she said.
She picked up a beer bottle, she said.
“I was going to try to defend myself,” she said.
Gipson swung the crowbar at her, barely making contact with her face. Her son charged Gipson. A struggle ensued, and Gipson was stabbed in the torso. Gipson staggered out of the house and collapsed near his house where his girlfriend found him, according to testimony.
Gipson and McGuire also made numerous phone calls to each other just before the home-invasion robbery, Clark said.
Gipson’s death is under investigation but preliminary results suggest he died as a result of other people defending themselves from his attack, Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick said.