Gary Abernathy/The Times-Gazette Matthew Kaleb Pierson prepares to leave the courtroom following a hearing on Monday to set a timeline for further hearings and his trial for the murder of his niece, 5-year-old Jada Beth Williams.
Updated 11:20 a.m. An insanity defense is off the table for now for Matthew Kaleb Pierson, the man accused of the August 2012 murder of his 5-year-old niece.
In a hearing Monday morning in Highland County Common Pleas Court, Judge Rocky Coss noted that the results of a "not guilty by reason of insanity" evaluation found that while Pierson was initially incompetent to stand trial, he was not insane at the time of the murder.
Pierson's defense team, J.D. Wagoner of Hillsboro and Bruce Wallace of Mt. Orab, had originally hoped to present the insanity defense. But after the hearing, they both told The Times-Gazette that they will now likely offer a traditional not guilty defense, and have no plans at this time to seek another medical opinion on the insanity issue.
Coss set a trial date for Aug. 19, with a final pretrial on Aug. 6. A hearing on a defense motion to suppress an alleged confession by Pierson is set for July 1.
Fifty-two KAMP Dovetail volunteers began the week with a 7 a.m. "Polar Bear Swim" with director Linda Allen Monday to get a quick refresher before hundreds of special-needs campers converged at Rocky Fork State Park for the 32nd annual weeklong event.
Five decades ago, Lowell McCarty opened an engineering office in Adams County. He moved the office to Hillsboro in 1967, and this Friday an open house will be held celebrating the company's half a century of existence.
A dispute between the city of Hillsboro and the general contractor of the city's upgraded wastewater treatment plant is likely heading to arbitration.