POMEROY — A Meigs County jury trial set to begin Tuesday was postponed until Wednesday morning after the defendant sufffered a medical emergency around lunchtime.
Jurors had just been selected and were returning from lunch when the defendant, Jacques Daboni, 24, of Columbus, fell and was transported to a nearby hospital. It was not made clear where Daboni fell and how long he would be in hospital care, but Judge Carson Crow informed the jury to return to the court house at 9 a.m. Wednesday, with hopes to proceed as scheduled.
Daboni is currently facing 12 felony charges, according to Meigs County Assistant Prosecutor Jeremy Fisher. Daboni faces seven counts of fifth-degree felony trafficking, one count of fourth-degree felony trafficking, one count of second-degree felony trafficking, one count of first-degree felony trafficking, one count of second-degree felony engaging a pattern of corrupt behavior, and one count of first-degree felony engaging a pattern of corrupt behavior, Fisher said. Three of the trafficking charges in the fifth degree mention heroin, with the rest of the trafficking charges listed simply as “trafficking,” according to court documents.
During jury selection and questioning of potential jurors, Daboni told them he had fired his attorney on Friday (Oct. 9) and is set to represent himself. However, Kia Wrice, an attorney from Reynoldsburg, is serving as Daboni’s advisor, which is different from an actual defense attorney. Prosecutors for the case are Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney Colleen Williams, Fisher and Sgt. Bill Gilkey with the Major Crimes Task Force.
With the jury set to return at 9 a.m. Wednesday, the case is expected to last two and three days.
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