Why hasn’t double homicide suspect been charged? The answer involves your tax dollars.

A Middletown man who is a suspect in two fatal shootings before turning the gun on himself, is under guard at a Dayton hospital, but he is not yet facing charges in the crime because taxpayers would have to then pay his medical bills, according to the Butler County prosecutor.

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James Edward Geran, 45, killed his “business associate in criminal activity” and dumped her body on the side of the road before killing his girlfriend’s mother during a standoff with police Wednesday in Trenton, according to the sheriff’s office.

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said Geran could be charged now based on the probable cause from the investigation, but that would mean taxpayers would pay for his medical expenses.

“I gave instructions to put a deputy with him at the hospital and if he made any movement, like he was going to leave the hospital, he was to be arrested immediately,” Gmoser told the Journal-News.

Geran is entitled to medical care but the taxpayers of Butler County don’t have to pay for it, according to Gmoser. That would happen if he were charged now and became a prisoner while still in the hospital, he said.

“I think that would be a bone-headed thing to do,” Gmoser said.

Geran, a convicted felon, shot Megan Motter in the head, killing her, and dumped her body off Woodsdale Road in Madison Twp., according to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.

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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, shooting about three rounds of bullets as they took cover, according to the sheriff.

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.

“Said he was going to smoke a cigarette first,” Jones said.

However, when he let the second sister out, he immediately closed the door, the sheriff said.

“We tried to make entry at that time, then we heard gunfire,” Jones said.

Geran then crawled out, having shot himself in the chin with a .380 caliber gun, Jones said.

Geran was talking to emergency personal when he was taken from the scene and is expected to live, Jones said.

Inside the apartment, deputies found Sharon McCleary dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

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