3 murder defendants waive speedy trial rights

LIMA — Three men charged in the slaying of a man in Shawnee Township in March waived their right to a speedy trial Thursday.

Gavin R. Lauck, 19, Collin Dysert, 20, and Dalton Duncan, 19, appeared separately to waive their right to a speedy trial. Allen County Common Pleas Judge David Cheney told each of them the U.S. Constitution gives each of them right to be tried within 90 days since they are in custody, being held in jail.

After each consulted with their attorneys at separate hearings, each agreed to waive the right to give their attorneys more time to prepare a defense.

The three are charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, trafficking in drugs and kidnapping, all with a firearm specification. Lauck, who allegedly fired a rifle killing 20-year-old Damere Oliphant on March 27 also is charged with a second count of murder with a gun.

The men face up to life in prison on the charges.

The killing happened outside an apartment off Shawnee Road. Oliphant walked a short distance after he was shot at about 2:20 a.m. and collapsed near the closed Taco Bell restaurant. Police said there was a trail of blood from Dysert’s apartment to where Oliphant’s body was found.

Oliphant was shot once in the torso. The three men were arrested at Dysert’s apartment at 111 Cam Court, Apt. 42. Detectives said they have obtained confessions from the men, and the rifle used in the shooting has been recovered.

Police said more people could be charged in connection with Oliphant’s death, and the case remains under investigation.

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By Greg Sowinski

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