LIMA — A 21-year-old man charged with murder in the June 14 shooting death of Lima resident Christian Laws on Thursday waived his constitutional right to a speedy trial.
Jolade Reginald Omosikeji Jr., 21, appeared briefly in Allen County Common Pleas Court with his new court-appointed attorney, Zach Maisch, as Judge Terri Kohlrieser explained the ramifications of extending his trial date.
Maisch said the extension was needed to allow him to better familiarize himself with the facts of the case and Omosikeji agreed to the waiver. Kohlrieser set a tentative new trial date for Jan. 13, 2020.
Omosikeji was returned to the Allen County jail, where he is being held under $1 million bond. Court documents do not list an address for him.
The Allen County Sheriff’s Office arrested Omosikeji without incident in late June at 1150 Adam Lee Place in Lima. Detectives from the sheriff’s office and Lima Police Department, along with the sheriff’s SWAT team, converged on the residence following an anonymous tip.
According to authorities, detectives made contact with a relative of Omosikeji’s at the residence, and a short time later the man exited the home and surrendered without incident.
He was booked into the Allen County Jail for the June 14 murder of Laws, whose body was found early that Friday evening in the 2400 block of Lark Avenue. Laws was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy revealed his death stemmed from a single gunshot wound, authorities said.
Laws’ death was Allen County’s fourth homicide of 2019.