LIMA — The growing list of ramifications resulting from a recent medical emergency suffered by a prominent Lima defense attorney reared its head again Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
Terry Jackson, 35, of Lima, appeared in court with a new court-appointed attorney, William Kluge, following a recent health issue suffered by attorney Steve Chamberlain, who had initially represented Jackson.
Jackson, 35, of Lima, faces the possibility of life in prison without parole if convicted on two counts of rape with specifications as a sexually violent predator, first-degree felonies; pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor or impaired person, a second-degree felony; and kidnapping with a sexually violent predator specification, also a first-degree felony.
Judge Jeffrey Reed explained to Jackson the reason for the appointment of Kluge to represent him and told the defendant that his new lawyer may need additional time to prepare for trial. Kluge agreed.
“Due to the serious nature of these charges, there’s no way I can have this case ready to go to trial by the end of the month” when Jackson’s constitutionally-guaranteed right to a speedy trial is set to expire, the attorney said.
Jackson waived those rights, and Reed set a new tentative trial date of Nov. 12.
Those charges were returned last month by the grand jury.
Court documents allege that Jackson engaged in sexual activity with an 11-year-old girl and recorded the act with his cell phone.