LIMA — A 19-year-old Lima man charged with aggravated robbery and felonious assault with firearm specifications on Thursday waived his constitutional right to a speedy trial during a hearing conducted via Zoom.
Zy’Shon Stiggers is one of two Lima teenagers who police say robbed a Lima convenience store at gunpoint in the summer of 2019. His co-defendant is currently serving a prison term of up to 40 years for discharging a weapon at an Allen County deputy hours after the robbery.
With his court-appointed attorney, Steve Chamberlain, currently in quarantine after being exposed to the COVID-19 virus, Stiggers was alone at the defense table while Chamberlain appeared in court on a television screen.
Judge Jeffrey Reed set a tentative trial date of March 23 for Stiggers.
Stiggers, who was 17 at the time incident, was charged as adult court in connection with the armed robbery that took place at the Bluelick Road convenience store. His co-defendant, Duran Tyson Jr., 17, was sentenced last November for firing his weapon at Allen County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Barry Friemoth early the following morning as police investigated the robbery.
Surveillance videos inside the gas station show two black males — one of whom brandished a weapon — enter the store at approximately 10 p.m. May 30, take cash from the register and cigarettes before fleeing in a black vehicle.
Tyson was observed in the 1100 block of Reese Avenue at approximately 2:50 a.m. Friemoth advised him to stop, at which time the teenager fired multiple rounds at the deputy. Friemoth did not return fire but did chase Tyson into his Reese Avenue home. He was taken into custody without incident.
Stiggers was identified as the other participant in the armed robbery.