Attorney illness leads to delayed start of Blanchard trial

By Don Rutledge
FPS Associate Editor


CARROLLTON -A jury of four men and eight women will decide the fate of a 69-year-old Minerva man who is facing a murder charge.

The 12-member petit jury was impaneled Monday afternoon after State and Defense attorneys examined 51 potential jurors in the murder trial of Kenneth L. Blanchard of 612 N. Market St., Minerva.

Blanchard was indicted Sept. 7, 2016, by a Carroll County grand jury on one count of murder with a gun specification, an unclassified felony, in connection with the shooting death of his daughter’s 35-year-old ex-boyfriend, Michael Fairchild. The shooting occurred at 323 Valley St. in Minerva.

Following the seating of the jury, Carroll County Common Pleas Court Judge Dominick E. Olivito Jr. administered jury instructions, dismissed the jurors and continued the trial proceedings until this Wednesday due to an illness of the defense attorney, Jeffrey Jakmides, who along with Atty. Stephen Kandel, is representing the defendant.

The State is represented by Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Steven Barnett and Assistant Attorney General Paul Scarella of the Ohio Attorney General’s office, who was appointed as a special prosecutor in the case.

According to records in the Carroll County Clerk of Courts office, the State subpoenaed 14 witnesses to testify during the trial and the defense subpoenaed three witnesses as of press time this week.

If convicted of the indictment charge, Blanchard could face 15 years to life in prison.


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