LIMA — A Lima man entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday to criminal charges filed against him after a gun he was carrying accidentally discharged inside Bath High School late last year.
Garry Tabler Jr., 49, entered his plea in Allen County Common Pleas Court to a charge of illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance in a school safety zone, a fifth-degree felony. Tabler was indicted by the recent term of the grand jury.
His first pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Feb. 12.
According to a statement issued by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office at the time of the incident, deputies were dispatched to the school the evening of Nov. 29 in response to a weapon being fired. Upon arrival, law enforcement officials learned Tabler was attending a basketball referee’s meeting at the school and accidentally discharged the weapon, which was in his coat pocket. There were no injuries.
While authorities from the sheriff’s office do not believe there was any criminal intent in firing the weapon, Tabler was arrested for possession of a firearm in a school, according to the statement.
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