Attorney argues against using prior road rage incidents

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The prosecution and defense had pre-trial motions heard Monday afternoon in the case against John Dellick.

Visiting Judge Michael Nunner is presiding over the case in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. Dellick, 20, is the son of Mahoning County Juvenile Judge Theresa Dellick, and faces charges of felonious assault and ethnic intimidation for an alleged road rage incident last October. He also is charged with misdemeanor aggravated menacing.

Dellick’s attorney said the state shouldn’t be allowed to present three prior alleged road rage incidents involving Dellick as evidence.

“Other acts can only tend to confuse the jury and render a prejudice to John Dellick of getting a fair trial,” defense attorney Samuel Amendolara said.

“I seek to present every piece of highly prejudicial piece of evidence I can. That is my job. My job is to present overwhelming evidence, beyond a reasonable doubt, of the defendant’s guilt,” Assistant Attorney General Brian Deckert said.

Judge Nunner expects to decide on the other evidence motion soon and a jury trial is scheduled for Sept. 8.

Dellick also is charged with kidnapping, abduction and assault for an incident last July with an ex-girlfriend. During a different trial last month involving the same woman, Dellick admitted he violated his bond by contacting the alleged victim.

Prosecutors and the judge told Dellick on Monday that any future contact with this woman could cost him his freedom.

He was found not guilty of aggravated menacing in that case. Police said that charge stemmed from an incident on the YSU campus.

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