POINT PLEASANT — The trial of a Meigs County man accused of assaulting a Mason County resident at the Mason County Fair last year, has been continued to December.
The trial of Allen R. Brickles, 21, Pomeroy, Ohio, was to begin earlier this month. That trial is now slated to go at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 2 in Mason County Circuit Court in front of Judge Thomas C. Evans, III.
Seth Harper, attorney for Brickles, filed a motion to withdrawal from the case as well as a motion to continue the trial to allow Brickles sufficient time to retain other counsel. Both motions were granted.
Brickles, along with James M. Gray V, 21 and Garrett C. Hall, 19, also of Pomeroy, were charged in a joint indictment last year after an incident that allegedly occurred on the Mason County Fairgrounds during the county fair Aug. 9, 2013. Brickles, Gray and Hall were all accused of committing assault by allegedly maliciously wounding L.D. Pyles, age and address unreported, and causing bodily injury to Pyles with the intent to permanently maim, disfigure, disable or kill him.
Brickles was indicted for alleged malicious assault, conspiracy, battery (five counts), destruction of property (two counts), public intoxication and underage consumption. Both Gray and Hall were indicted for alleged malicious assault, conspiracy, battery, destruction of property, public intoxication and underage consumption.
As reported earlier, Gray and Hall have both entered guilty pleas to the misdemeanor offense of battery. According to their plea agreements, in exchange for the plea of guilty to battery, the state will move the court to dismiss the other counts against Gray and Hall. The sentence for this misdemeanor battery is confinement in jail for not more than 12 months or fined not more than $500, or both.
According to Brickles’ motion to continue his trial as filed by Harper, the plea agreements of Gray and Hall included conditions of testifying against Brickles after all three cases were originally set to be tried on June 24. Harper wrote in his motion, the case had changed so significantly that all the trial preparation that had been done at that point was now “for naught.”
Gray and Hall are to reappear before Evans at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 15 for sentencing.