LIMA — Eric Adams on Wednesday said he was eager to proceed to trial.
His attorney? Not so much.
Appearing before Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed for the purpose of waiving his constitutional right to a speedy trial, Adams balked and said he wanted his trial to be held sooner rather than later.
The Michigan man with reported ties to Lima was arraigned last week and entered pleas of not guilty to two counts of rape that were handed down by a recent session of the grand jury. The counts allege that Adams, 41, forced himself sexually upon a 16-year-old female more than 10 years ago.
With his court-appointed attorney, Bill Kluge, seated to his left, Adams told Reed there was no reason to delay his trial.
“This case has been going on for 10 years; they should have everything they need,” the defendant said. “This is a burden on my family, and I wanna get this done as quickly as possible.”
Kluge, however, told the judge that because Adams was arraigned less than a week ago there is “no way I can be prepared” to go to trial by mid-November — the date when Adams’ right to a speedy trial expires.
“I don’t even have discovery” materials from the prosecutor’s office, Kluge told the court.
Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Destiny Caldwell said the state “by rule is entitled to a reasonable amount of time” to provide case documents to the defense. “Mr. Kluge will have a discovery packet by the end of the day,” Caldwell said.
Reed set another pre-trial hearing in the case for next week.
Adams was taken into custody recently after his DNA was found to match that taken from the alleged victim. Police had been unable to locate Adams after reportedly reaching out to several law enforcement agencies as far away as Detroit.
According to court documents, on the morning of March 3, 2009, in a home in the 700 block of South Metcalf in Lima, Adams fondled the young girl and performed various unwanted sex acts on her. The alleged victim did not report the incident immediately but went to school later that morning and contacted her mother, who called police. The victim was then taken to a Lima hospital and was administered a sexual assault kit evaluation. The results of that test were sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
He is being held in the Allen County jail on $200,000 bond.