Jury trial set for Heckathorn

LISBON — A Feb. 14 jury trial date was chosen for Danielle Heckathorn, the Leetonia woman accused of conspiring to the murder of Quinn J. Wilson, tampering with evidence and lying to investigators.

Following the examination of evidence by scientists, the case remains unresolved and the date was scheduled Monday afternoon in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

“We had asked for the (scientific) testing and we were happy with the results,” Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble said after the hearing. “We thought it would have led to some discussions, but that was not the case so it appears we will be heading to trial.”

Defense attorney Peter Horvath told Judge C. Ashley Pike that he believes there has been a waiver of time for a speedy trial in place and both he and Heckathorn, who is out on a $75,000 cash or surety bond, assured Pike they are not contending her right to a speedy trial is being violated by the schedule.

Heckathorn, 29, Butcher Road, Leetonia, is charged with complicity to murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, complicity to robbery, tampering with evidence and three counts of obstructing justice. The charges involve her alleged part in the robbery and subsequent murder of Wilson.

Heckathorn’s co-defendant in the case, Daniel T. Landsberger, 56, was sentenced in June to 18 years to life for the murder of 33-year-old Wilson in March 2015, a homicide which included dismembering his body and disposing of it along a road and down over the hill.

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