LIMA — A man police say shot another man at a Lima residence and was arrested later that day in Sandusky is claiming his Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution were violated because he was not advised of his right to remain silent at the time of his arrest.
Defense attorney Steve Chamberlain filed a motion last week in Allen County Common Pleas Court seeking to suppress and exclude from evidence any and all statements made to police by Cameron Rogers, who is charged with a second-degree felony count of felonious assault for allegedly shooting Lima resident Lamonda Pryor in the leg.
Rogers, 29, of Lima, is charged in connection with the shooting incident that took place May 12 in Lima. Lima police were dispatched at shortly after noon to 216 W. O’Connor Ave. in reference to a shooting. Upon their arrival, they located Pryor, 38, at the residence suffering from what was believed to be a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his leg. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Pryor told police he had arrived at the West O’Connor Avenue residence to drop off his children on the day in question when he was approached by Rogers, who reportedly told him, “I got you.” Rogers then pulled out a black semi-automatic pistol and fired a shot, striking Pryor in the leg, according to court documents. A spent shell casing was found at the scene.
Testifying in court Tuesday was LPD Detective Steve Stechschulte, who arrested Rogers in Sandusky several hours after the shooting took place. Police used cell phone tracking to locate the suspect. The detective said Rogers was located with the help of Sandusky police and was tackled after a brief foot chase. Stechschulte testified that as a Sandusky officer pinned the suspect to the ground he (Stechschulte) read Rogers his Miranda rights, including the right to remain silent. The warning was not captured on video, however, the detective said.
The detective recounted how Rogers first told police he had been in Sandusky all day. Confronted with information that his cell phone had been tracked ever since the shooting in Lima and that he had been identified as the shooter, Stechschulte testified that Rogers “teared up and said he had messed up.”
A second interview of Rogers was conducted by Stechschulte at the LPD offices the following day and was videotaped, he said. In that interview, the Miranda warning is clearly read to Rogers, the detective said.
During his cross-examination of Stechschulte, Chamberlain garnered little additional information from the Lima police officer. Judge Jeffrey Reed took the defense motion under advisement.