LIMA — A young Lima woman charged with firing a handgun at a man in August on Monday waived her constitutional right to a speedy trial.
Adriania Denson, 20, of Lima, was indicted by the September session of the grand jury on counts of felonious assault with a firearm specification and improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation, each felonies of the second degree, and one count of discharging a weapon on or near a prohibited premise, a third-degree felony.
A jury trial was scheduled for March 29, 2021, with a final pre-trial hearing on Feb. 11.
According to court documents, Lima police were dispatched to a home in the 600 block of North Jameson Avenue in the early morning hours of Aug. 2 in response to a report of shots fired.
The resident of the home, Tony Slusher, told police he was sitting in his living room when his stepdaughter told him her former boyfriend, Laquetrius Young, was outside. The girl had reportedly received death threats from Young, and he was no longer welcome at the residence.
Slusher told police he then heard a car horn coming from the street outside his home and observed a white Buick parked in front of the residence. Denson exited the vehicle, he said, and asked if Young was inside the home. Court documents allege Denson then told Slusher she had a gun and would kill him. She then reached into her car, pulled out a handgun and fired one shot at Slusher, missing him by less than a foot.
Denson fled the scene and was taken into custody less than four hours later.
On Oct. 7 Denson’s attorney, Kenneth Rexford, filed a motion to suppress statements made by his client on Aug. 2 and Aug. 3 following her arrest. Rexford claims the Miranda warning against self-incrimination given to her by Lima police officers during to separate interrogations were “flawed and ineffective.”