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Driver in fatal wreck may never face trial

Nov. 15, 2012 @ 12:10 AM

IRONTON -- A 27-year-old Lawrence County man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide may never stand trial and is unlikely to be restored to competency.

Nathan James Bloomfield, of Ohio 93, Pedro, was driving a car involved in a wreck that seriously injured Bloomfield and killed a passenger, John R. Markel, 62, of Pedro, in a wreck June 29 on Ohio 93.

He was indicted on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide after it was determined he was driving on a suspended license and was under the influence at the time of the accident.

Warren "Butch" Morford, a South Point lawyer appointed to represent Bloomfield, entered pleas of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity in the case. A mental evaluation ordered by Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Charles "Chuck" Cooper has shown Bloomfield is incompetent and is unlikely to be restored to competency.

However, Bloomfield's mother said she couldn't accept the evaluation and asked for a new lawyer to be appointed to represent her son. Morford was allowed to withdraw from the case and Cooper gave the defendant two weeks to hire a lawyer to represent him.

In other cases:

Harry Norris, 23, of Pliny, W.Va., was sentenced by Cooper to two years in prison for illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.

April L. Mount, 38, of Township Road 36, Ironton, pleaded guilty to two counts of deception to obtain dangerous drugs and was sentenced to 11 months in prison. The sentence will run concurrent with any possible sentence from Kentucky.

Selma Dean, 51, of W. Forestdale Road, Ashland, pleaded guilty to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. She was placed on community control sanctions for four years and ordered by Judge W. Richard Walton to repay $46,600.66 in restitution by Jan. 31. She faces a six-year prison sentence if the money isn't repaid or she violates terms of her sanctions.

Bradley J. Harrison, 28, of Hogset Hollow, Ironton, was placed on community control sanctions for four years. Cooper ordered him to complete up to a six-month program at the STAR Community Justice Center after pleading guilty to theft, misuse of a credit card and criminal mischief. He also was ordered to pay $527 in restitution.

Amy J. Ferguson, 35, of Leslie Lane, Ona, pleaded guilty to theft of drugs. She was placed on community control sanctions for four years, ordered to spend 30 days in the Lawrence County Jail and spend 30 days on home confinement under electronic monitoring.

Jason Carpenter, 32, of County Road 3, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to a count of theft. Sentencing was deferred. He also faces a charge of felonious assault and that case was set for trial Jan. 3. Cooper also requested a presentencing investigation for Carpenter.

Jackie M. Payne, 39, of the 3000 block of South 4th Street, Ironton, entered a not guilty plea to burglary. A pretrial was set for Nov. 21.