Trial delay likely for man at center of 30-hour Liberty Twp. standoff

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A July trial is scheduled for Donald Gazaway, a Cincinnati man facing multiple charges in connection with a 30-hour standoff in Liberty Twp. in which he allegedly held a 10-year-old hostage.

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A trial is scheduled next month for a Cincinnati man facing multiple charges in connection with a 30-hour standoff in which he allegedly held a 10-year-old hostage may not happen.

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Donald T. Gazaway, 31, was charged with kidnapping, felonious assault and inducing panic after the incident that started Jan. 12 at a Liberty Twp. apartment in the Springs at Liberty Township complex off Hamilton Mason Road.

A Butler County grand jury handed down an indictment with additional charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and two counts of having weapons under disability.

Gazaway, who is being held in jail on $1,001,000 bond, was in Butler County Common Pleas Court last week for a final hearing before his July 7 trial.

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Defense attorney David Albrecht told Judge Charles Pater that at this point there is no reason to set another hearing before the four-day trial.

But on Wednesday, defense attorney Lawrence Hawkins III filed a motion for a trial continuance stating that he had been retained to represent Gazaway “and there is need for time to review the evidence.”

Gazaway will be back in Judge Charles Pater’s courtroom on Tuesday for a hearing on a motion to continue the trial.

Detectives say Gazaway was let into the apartment and there was an altercation. The adults, including the boy’s mother, fled. But Gazaway took the child hostage before surrendering hours later, according to deputies.

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Detective Joe Nerlinger said during a previous court hearing that about 25 bullet casings were removed from the scene and that Gazaway fired the majority of the shots from the apartment before moving to the garage with the child.

When taken into custody, three guns were found with Gazaway, Nerlinger testified. Live rounds were also found.

The child was not physically injured, according to the sheriff’s office, though officers said they saw Gazaway use the boy as a shield. That, they said, prevented them from making any movement toward the residence.

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