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Allen jury trial reset for October

Assistant County Prosecutor Steve Yacovone (left) and defense attorney C. Joseph King (right) sit in front of defendants Brian, Daniel and David Allen (in no particular order) during a hearing Wednesday afternoon. Originally, the Allen brothers, who had been charged with domestic violence, were set for a jury trial Wednesday; however, court officials changed it to a bench hearing Tuesday afternoon as they expected a plea deal in the case. (Photo by Stephanie Ujhelyi)

EAST LIVERPOOL — At the 11th hour, officials canceled the jury for a Wednesday trial date for the city’s former safety-service director and his brothers; however, it turns out that the action may have been premature.

Anticipating Brian S. Allen, David W. Allen and Daniel H. Allen, all of East Liverpool, would accept a plea deal, court officials had dismissed the potential jurors Tuesday afternoon, electing to reset the hearing before Visiting Judge Mark Frost Wednesday afternoon.

Brian Allen had served as the safety-service director for then-Mayor Ryan Stovall.

The state was represented by Steve Yacovone and Chris Weeda, assistant Columbiana County prosecutors, and C. Joseph King represented the defendants.

King informed Judge Mark Wednesday afternoon that his three clients rejected the plea deal, after both sides could not agree on the conditions. Frost reset a jury trial for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 27 and amended the domestic violence charges for all defendants to assault, which still carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and $1,000 fine.

Brian S. Allen, David W. Allen and Daniel H. Allen are accused of “knowingly” causing or attempting to cause physical harm to their nephew Dillon Allen on Feb 24 during an incident on Garfield Street.

With the amendment to assault, Assistant Prosecutor Yacovone explained that it excludes the need for the state to prove the victim was a family or household member and he believed it was the more appropriate charge for this situation.

Frost agreed despite the defense’s objections.

It was former East Liverpool patrolman Chris Green’s initial investigation of this incident that resulted him being placed on paid administrative leave, before being terminated recently.

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