LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) — The attorney for the Lisbon-area man charged in connection with the March murder of Quinn Wilson will ask the case be dismissed because of how long it has taken for the matter to come to trial.
According to The Morning Journal, Defense attorney James Hartford informed Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam on Friday he intends to file a dismissal motion on Tuesday, the same day the case against Daniel T. Landsberger is scheduled to go on trial.
Landsberger, 55, is charged with tampering with evidence connected to Wilson’s death, whose body was found in two pieces dumped along a road in Wayne Township in March. Landsberger was arrested after a neighbor told police that Landsberger came over to his trailer and told him about the murder, that he took the body out in pieces and that he’d have to burn the bed
When police arrived at Landsberger’s property to follow up on the report, they found blood on the walls of his trailer and a burnt mattress on a wood pile.
The Morning Journal reports, at a status hearing on Friday, it was expected that the parties would agree to another continuance and reschedule a new trial date, but Hartford indicated that he instead intended to file a motion for dismissal because his client’s right to a speedy trial has been violated.
Hartford said under Ohio law, a defendant has to go on trial within 90 days of his arrest if he is incarcerated the entire time, which is the case with Landsberger, who has been in the county jail since his arrest in March. Since the courthouse is closed Monday for Columbus Day, Hartford can file his dismissal the same day the trial is scheduled to begin, likely leading to a continuance of the trial while the motion is considered.