Prosecuter asks for reconsideration of dismissed charges

LISBON – Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Jones filed an appeal to the Seventh District Court of Appeals asking reconsideration on the ruling by Judge C. Ashley Pike, which dismissed the charges against Vonlie W. Cooper.

Pike ruled in March that Cooper’s rights to a speedy trial were violated.

Cooper, 25, Weirton, was charged in 2012 with failure to comply with a signal of a police officer and two counts of possession of drugs. He was reportedly fleeing from authorities two years ago when he was shot in the foot by a highway patrol trooper.

However, Cooper was not brought to Ohio for trial after authorities here were reportedly unable to locate him while he was on house arrest in West Virginia. After he was found in West Virginia, a determination was made to wait due to a surgery Cooper had recently undergone at the time.

In his ruling, Pike noted the disputed time frame in Cooper’s case seemed to be between April 19, 2012 and Sept. 19, 2013.

Since the filing last week of Jones’ appeal, Cooper’s attorney, James T. Hartford, has also filed a request for a court-appointed attorney for Cooper for the appeals case.