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Thursday, June 13, 2019 1:00 am


October trial slated in barber's killing

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

An October trial date was set Wednesday for a man accused of killing a local barber April 9.

James Dodson Jr., 34, is charged with murder and criminal recklessness in the shooting death of Michael LoVett Jr. Prosecutors also have filed a sentencing enhancement because he allegedly used a gun to commit the crime.

Dodson was a customer at The Legendary Barbershop, 1818 Lake Ave., on the day LoVett was killed, according to police. Dodson left the business but returned with two other men and confronted LoVett before he was killed.

Only Dodson has been charged in the killing.

An Allen County magistrate scheduled a four-day trial to start Oct. 28.

Trial date set in May shooting

A man police say shot another man May 15 on Sherman Boulevard is scheduled to stand trial Aug. 13.

Bryant Aron, 34, shot Thomas Atkins several times, investigators said.

He reportedly fled from officers who tried to stop him May 25 after failing to make a complete stop at Harris Street and Coliseum Boulevard. Aron had methamphetamine on him when he was captured, a probable cause affidavit said.

He is charged with several felonies including unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and carrying a handgun with a felony conviction within the past 15 years.

An Allen County magistrate set the trial date Wednesday.