New technology and lengthy trials on tap for 2022 in Butler County Common Pleas Court

Jan. 1—The pandemic modified the way in which many do enterprise, together with Butler County Widespread Pleas Courtroom. After months of abbreviated court docket dockets, distant conferences and testimony, 2022 will carry expertise replace and an a prolonged capital homicide trial.

Upgrades are deliberate in courtrooms of the widespread pleas common division that occupies the third and fourth flooring of the court docket wing of the Butler County Authorities Providers Middle, in accordance with Wayne Gilkinson, court docket administrator.

Courtrooms for seven elected judges and visiting choose courtrooms haven’t been up to date in years.

“We’re upgrading our expertise in the entire courtrooms on the third and fourth flooring. A lot of the expertise is out dated and never the entire courtrooms have the identical expertise,” Gilkinson stated.

Know-how, together with projections and recording techniques utilized in trials, within the 5 judicial courtrooms on the third ground are principally unique to the constructing that was accomplished in 1999. Gilkinson stated expertise within the fourth-floor courtrooms date to 2007/2008 when the wing was expanded.

“We aren’t fully certain of the associated fee however anticipate a price ticket between $400,000 and $600,000. The court docket has a expertise fund that we will entry to defer prices and we are going to use (grant) cash for almost all of the associated fee.,” he stated.

West Chester household homicide trial slated for Fall

Two prolonged trials are scheduled for 2022 together with a loss of life penalty homicide trial for man accused of killing 4 members of his household at a West Chester Twp. residence in 2019.

The trial of Gurpreet Singh is scheduled to start Oct. 3 and final for 3 weeks in Decide Greg Howard’s courtroom.

Singh, 39, is charged with 4 counts of aggravated homicide for the April 28, 2019, homicides. With specs of utilizing a firearm and killing two or extra individuals, Singh faces the loss of life penalty if convicted.

Singh is accused of killing his spouse, Shalinderjit Kaur, 39; his in-laws, Hakikat Singh Pannag, 59, and Parmjit Kaur, 62; and his aunt by marriage, Amarjit Kaur, 58, at their residence on Wyndtree Drive. All died of gunshot wounds.

Chiropractor’s trial begins in February

A prolonged felony trial of a Hamilton chiropractor accused of intercourse crimes involving sufferers and workers is scheduled for the primary quarter of the brand new 12 months.

The ten-day trial of Dr. Stephen Boyd on 28 sex-related cost is scheduled to start Feb. 23 in Decide Dan Haughey’s courtroom.

Boyd, who’s free on bond, was arrested Dec. 9, 2020 after a grand jury returned an indictment towards him for allegedly inappropriately touching sufferers and fascinating in misconduct. Boyd has additionally been the topic of an investigation by the Ohio State Chiropractic Board.

The unique indictment accuses the 57-year-old of committing sex-related crimes for many years. Based on prosecutors, the unique indictment includes crimes towards eight victims who have been juveniles and younger adults of their late teenagers on the time of the alleged crimes. The alleged crimes occurred between November 1998 and December 2014.

Boyd was first charged with 12 counts of gross sexual imposition, seven counts of sexual battery, 4 counts of rape, two counts of tried sexual battery and one rely of tried rape.

In April, a grand jury returned an indictment towards Boyd for 2 new counts of gross sexual imposition, each fourth-degree felonies.

The brand new indictment alleges fees towards a sufferer who got here ahead after the preliminary indictment because the ninth alleged sufferer, in accordance with prosecutors.

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