LIMA — The jury trial for a man accused of firing at least two shots from a handgun that resulted in the death of Lima resident Donald Smith will be Allen County’s first of 2020.
Quintel Estelle, 38, of Lima, appeared briefly in Allen County Common Pleas Court on Thursday to formally waive his right to a speedy trial that is guaranteed under the U.S. and Ohio constitutions.
Estelle, accompanied by his attorney, Stephen Johnston of Toledo, signed the waiver but otherwise did not speak during the brief hearing.
Judge Jeffrey Reed set a tentative trial date for Jan. 7 and said the parties would return to court for a pretrial hearing on Sept. 23.
Estelle is charged with one count of murder, an unclassified felony that includes a specification for the use of a firearm during the commission of the crime, in the May 4 shooting death of the 63-year-old Smith.
Police say Smith was killed during a May 5 shooting in front of 939 Brice Ave. His death was Allen County’s third homicide of 2019.
According to reports from the Lima Police Department, Smith had been in an altercation with Estelle on the day in question. Estelle reportedly went inside the house and retrieved a gun and, upon his return, fired at least two shots at Smith. Smith was hit once in the chest. Estelle fled the scene and remained at large until he turned himself in a week after the shooting took place.
He is being held in the Allen County jail on $750,000 bond.