Putnam County man serving life sentence given a new trial date of Sept. 11


By Bryan Reynolds - [email protected]



Michael Luebrecht was in Putnam County Court at 9 a.m. Tuesday for a pretrial hearing where Judge Randall Basinger set a jury trial date for Sept. 11. Luebrecht was originally sentenced to life with eligibility for parole after 25 years after he pleaded guilty to drowning his 13-month-old son in 2006. New evidence concerning severe side-effects of medications he was taking for mental illness at the time convinced the court to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea.

Michael Luebrecht was in Putnam County Court at 9 a.m. Tuesday for a pretrial hearing where Judge Randall Basinger set a jury trial date for Sept. 11. Luebrecht was originally sentenced to life with eligibility for parole after 25 years after he pleaded guilty to drowning his 13-month-old son in 2006. New evidence concerning severe side-effects of medications he was taking for mental illness at the time convinced the court to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea.


Bryan Reynolds | The Lima News

OTTAWA —A Putnam County man sentenced to life in prison in 2006 was given a September date for a new trial when he appeared in court Tuesday.

Michael Luebrecht was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years in 2006 after he pleaded guilty to drowning his 13-month-old son, Joel, in May 2005.

On Nov. 15, Luebrecht was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea after new evidence surfaced indicating the cocktail of medications he was taking for mental health issues at the time may have contributed to the murder of his son. Research has shown that some of the medications he was taking at the time, such as Luvox, have severe side-effects, including homicidal ideation.

Judge Randall Basinger asked Luebrecht on Tuesday if he were on any medication that would interfere with his ability to understand the legal proceedings and communicate with his attorney, Danny A. Hill II, in presenting a defense. Luebrecht said the medications he was on did not interfere with his cognitive abilities and he was capable of working with his lawyer in presenting his case.

Hill made a motion to modify his Luebrecht’s bail status. He argued there had been no violent incidents while Luebrecht was in the Putnam County Jail and he had held onto a job working in the prison kitchen while incarcerated. Hill requested Basinger set a surety bond at no more than $100,000.

“It would help my client work with me to prepared a proper defense,” he said.

Basinger overruled the request and ordered Luebrecht to remain incarcerated. The judge set a jury trial date for 9 a.m. Sept. 11 while setting another pretrial hearing for 9 a.m. July 6.

Putnam County Prosecutor Gary Lammers and Assistant Prosecutor Lily Shun represented the state of Ohio.

Michael Luebrecht was in Putnam County Court at 9 a.m. Tuesday for a pretrial hearing where Judge Randall Basinger set a jury trial date for Sept. 11. Luebrecht was originally sentenced to life with eligibility for parole after 25 years after he pleaded guilty to drowning his 13-month-old son in 2006. New evidence concerning severe side-effects of medications he was taking for mental illness at the time convinced the court to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/06/web1_TLN062817Luebrechtpretrial.jpgMichael Luebrecht was in Putnam County Court at 9 a.m. Tuesday for a pretrial hearing where Judge Randall Basinger set a jury trial date for Sept. 11. Luebrecht was originally sentenced to life with eligibility for parole after 25 years after he pleaded guilty to drowning his 13-month-old son in 2006. New evidence concerning severe side-effects of medications he was taking for mental illness at the time convinced the court to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea. Bryan Reynolds | The Lima News

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