LIMA — One of two Lima juveniles being tried as adults for their alleged roles in the armed robberies of Little Caesar’s pizza and Hermie’s Party Shop earlier this year waived his constitutional right to a speedy trial Monday.
Juan Freeman II appeared in court with his attorney, William Kluge, and agreed to have his trial date moved to Nov. 16. A final pre-trial hearing was scheduled for Oct. 16.
Freeman and Na’Zier Howard, both 17, were indicted in a recent session of the grand jury with two counts each of aggravated robbery. Each of the counts includes a specification that a firearm was used during the commission of the alleged crimes. The aggravated robbery charges, felonies of the first degree, are punishable upon conviction by prison terms of up to 16 1/2 years, while each of the firearm specifications would add a mandatory additional three years behind bars.
Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Terri Kohlrieser said during a recent hearing involving Howard that there were “very likely” additional charges to be filed in the case.
Howard and Freeman each are being held on $250,000 bond at the Allen County Juvenile Detention Center.