Suspect in Lima shooting death waives right to speedy trial

By J Swygart -



LIMA — A Lima man charged with murder in the shooting death of a man at the Gas Station Bar last summer appeared in court briefly Wednesday to waive his right to a speedy trial.

DeArin Thomas, 25, of Lima, is charged with two counts of murder with firearm specifications, unclassified felonies, and one count of felonious assault with a firearm specification, a second-degree felony, in the July 5 shooting death of Davohn Godsey at the Lima bar located at 126 E. North St.

A second person, 30-year-old Marlon Godsey, also suffered a gunshot wound in the incident. He was treated and released from a local hospital. Witnesses told police an argument broke out inside the bar, and the combatants began firing shots.

During his appearance Wednesday in Allen County Common Pleas Court, Thomas waived his constitutional right to a speedy trial to allow his court-appointed attorney, Steven Chamberlain, time to adequately prepare for a jury trial in the case that has been rescheduled for March 20.

Chamberlain previously had filed a motion to suppress some evidence in the case and Judge Jeffrey Reed has yet to rule on that motion.

The Gas Station Bar is located in the same building as the former G-Spot Bar, the site of multiple shootings in recent years. Bisman Investment Co., the owners of the G-Spot Bar, shut the facility down in July 2016 in advance of pending legal action from the city. The building was purchased by Thelma Banks, of Lima, according to the Allen County Auditor’s website.


By J Swygart

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