Geran killed his “business associate in criminal activity” and dumped her body before killing his girlfriend’s mother during a standoff with deputies on June 13 in Trenton, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s office.
Today, Geran appeared before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth for his final scheduled hearing before his Dec. 10 trial. Unlike previous court appearances, he was not wearing a lime green jail jumpsuit used to identify inmates on suicide watch, and he did not have difficulty talking to other inmates and his attorney, Lawrence Hawkins III.
Prosecutors have filed a motion to have Geran’s suicide attempt used as evidence of guilt at his trial.
After the hours-long standoff, “(Geran’s) girlfriend exited the apartment. Very quickly thereafter two gunshots rang out from outside the apartment. Police made entry to find Sharon McCleary dead from a gunshot wound to the head and the defendant injured from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head,” Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Dan Phillips wrote in the motion.
“Ohio courts have been clear, a defendant’s suicide attempt in close proximity to the crime committed is admissible as evidence of guilt. Further that warrants a consciousness of guilt jury instruction. Therefore, the state of Ohio requests that evidence of defendant’s suicide attempt be admitted and consciousness of guilt instruction be given,” Phillips wrote.
Hawkins had no comment about the motion today, but said he would address it in the future.
But there will not be any motions to suppress statements made by Geran to police, because attorneys agree he made none.
“He asked for a lawyer,” Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Brad Burress said. Hawkins agreed.
Hawkins said he had had brief discussions about resolution to the case with prosecutors, but nothing “substantive.”
Geran is being held on a $4 million bond. In addition to two murder charges, Geran was also indicted for felonious assault, improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation and two counts of having weapons under disability.