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Bucyrus Murder Suspect Arraigned On Four Counts

Story By: Greg Heindel

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 9/4/2014

Four counts of Aggravated Murder are filed against a Bucyrus man in the killings of four men whose bodies were discovered Monday and Tuesday. And, a multi-million dollar bond is set in the case.

Donald William Hoffman, 41,   was arraigned on the charges Thursday morning in Crawford County Municipal Court. The counts which include death penalty specifications.

Family members of the victims, Billy Jack Chatman, 55, Freelin Hensley, 67, Darrell Lewis, 65 and Gerald Smith, 65,  looked on. Prosecutor Matthew Crall asked for, and was granted, an unusually high bond for Hoffman, of $10-million cash or property. After the proceedings, the daughter of Freelin Hensley spoke to the media. So did the brothers of Darrell Lewis, outside the courtroom.

A preliminary hearing must be held within ten days for prosecutors to present sufficient evidence to send the case to a grand jury. However, a grand jury is expected to consider the case before the hearing. Mansfield attorney Rolf Whitney was appointed to represent Donald William Hoffman.

   
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