Defense granted more prep time in Putnam County rape case


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



Zachariah Casteel, 20, of Leipsic, appeared in Putnam County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday for a pre-trial hearing in his case. Casteel is charged with raping a teenage girl in Putnam County earlier this year. A jury trial was set for Oct. 2.

Zachariah Casteel, 20, of Leipsic, appeared in Putnam County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday for a pre-trial hearing in his case. Casteel is charged with raping a teenage girl in Putnam County earlier this year. A jury trial was set for Oct. 2.


J Swygart | The Lima News

OTTAWA — Putnam County Common Pleas Judge Keith Schierloh on Wednesday approved a request from the attorney for Zachariah Casteel, a 20-year-old Leipsic man charged with raping a 15- or 16-year-old girl in Putnam County earlier this year, for additional time to prepare a case on behalf of his client.

Schierloh granted defense attorney Drew Mihalik until Aug. 1 to file any and all pre-trial motions associated with the case. The judge scheduled the final pre-trial hearing for Sept. 12 and set Oct. 2 as the date for a jury trial.

Casteel was indicted June 20 by a Putnam County grand jury on the rape charge. The indictment states that on or about April 6 of this year Casteel “did engage in sexual conduct with another when the offender purposely compels the other person to submit by force or threat of force.”

The alleged victim, identified in court documents simply as “Jane Doe,” was born in 2002, according to court documents.

Zachariah Casteel, 20, of Leipsic, appeared in Putnam County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday for a pre-trial hearing in his case. Casteel is charged with raping a teenage girl in Putnam County earlier this year. A jury trial was set for Oct. 2.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_Zach-Casteel-Putnam-Co.jpgZachariah Casteel, 20, of Leipsic, appeared in Putnam County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday for a pre-trial hearing in his case. Casteel is charged with raping a teenage girl in Putnam County earlier this year. A jury trial was set for Oct. 2. J Swygart | The Lima News

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