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Geran was wearing a lime green Butler County Jail jumpsuit at the hearing, which indicates he is on suicide watch. Sheriff’s office officials say he is being held in the jail’s medical wing.
The case will be presented to a Butler County grand jury, likely before before the preliminary hearing date scheduled for July 6, and it is possible more charges could be filed.
“There well be a presentation to the grand jury and we will seek an indictment against anyone who was involved,” Butler County Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer said.
Geran, a convicted felon, shot Motter in the head, killing her, and dumped her body off Woodsdale Road in Madison Twp., according to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.
The investigation of Motter’s death led deputies to an apartment in Trenton.
When deputies knocked on the door of the Sal Boulevard apartment, Geran shot at them, according to Jones. Deputies returned fire.
Inside, Geran had three hostages: his 26-year-old girlfriend, Gina McCleary; her 27-year-old sister, Tammy Davis; and their mother, 63-year-old Sharon McCleary, Jones said. Over the course of about two hours, Geran continued to fire between five and eight times at the deputies outside, but negotiators were able to talk him into releasing the sisters.
Sheriff’s Office negotiators were eventually able to talk Geran out of the home.
However, when he let the second sister out, he immediately closed the door, said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.
Deputies tried to make entry when they heard gunfire.
Geran then crawled out, having shot himself in the chin with a .380 caliber gun, Jones said.
Inside the apartment, deputies found Sharon McCleary dead from an apparent gunshot wound.