The trial of a Vandalia man charged with 10 counts of possession and disseminating child pornography has been reset for August after both the defense and prosecution just last month declaring their readiness for the July trial setting. Following a final pre-trial for 36-year old Ryan J. Koontz on June 27 in which both State’s Attorney Josh Morrison and defense attorney Shin Cho stated they had no further motions to follow and were ready to proceed to trial, an order was entered by Judge Don Sheafor on July 7 to revisit a motion to withdraw from defense attorney Cho that Sheafor denied during a motion hearing on May 17. With the order to rehear the defense counsel’s motion to withdraw, a phone conference was held on Friday with Fayette County Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis, Assistant Attorney general Shannon O’Brien, the defendant Koontz, defense attorney Cho and Judge Sheafor. During the phone conference, the defense motion to withdraw as counsel was allowed and David Grigsby was appointed as the new attorney for the Koontz. Due to the switch of counsel, the July 24 jury trial setting has been vacated and jury trial is now reset to August 22 at 8:30am. A pre-trial is set for August 8 at 1pm. Koontz is charged with 8 counts of possession of child pornography, which are Class 2 felonies and punishable by 3-7 years in prison, and 2 counts of reproducing or disseminating child pornography of a child reasonably known to be under 13 years of age, which are punishable by 6-30 years in prison. Koontz remains in the Fayette County Jail as his bond on the case was revoked following his no show at his previous scheduled trial week in April which then led to a multiple day search by law enforcement before his capture.
Story courtesy of Todd Stapleton at VandaliaRadio.com.