The case against a West Chester Twp. businessman charged with felonious assault, attempted felonious assault and misdemeanor domestic violence against his wife has been continued until Jan. 13, 2020, according to court documents.
Jeffery Couch, 51, of West Chester Twp., was arrested during the early morning hours of March 2 at his Tamarron Drive home.
His four-day trial was scheduled to begin Monday in Judge Greg Stephens’ courtroom. He remains free on bond.
When asked why the case was continued for four months, Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser referred questions to R. Scott Croswell III, Couch’s attorney. Croswell said there were “legal issues” that needed to be addressed and conflicting schedules and holidays.
“There’s no magic to it,” he said.
Earlier, Croswell filed a motion to exclude some statements from the witnesses at trial, including the alleged victim Shelley Couch, police and medical personnel, arguing they were hearsay.
The court documents say West Chester police allege Couch “did knowingly cause serious physical harm to Shelley Couch” when he punched his wife in the face “multiple times and slammed her head onto a paved driveway multiple times.”
The case was taken directly to a grand jury by Gmoser, who said he wanted to make sure there was transparency in the case of the well-known businessman. Couch is the owner of Jeff Couch’s RV Nation in Trenton.
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