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Leavell trial: Defense questions witnesses' credibility

Jessica Cuffman • Nov 30, 2011 at 5:00 AM

The credibility of key witnesses will be called into question during the trial of a Sandusky man accused of shooting another in the leg this summer.

Douglas Leavell, 44, is facing charges this week of felonious assault, having weapons under disability and discharging a firearm into a habitation.

Special prosecutor Joe Deangelo, from Medina County, told jurors the victim and his sister will testify Leavell pulled up in a black car outside their Farwell Street home on June 14.

Then he got out with a baseball bat and a gun and shot Milton Alexander Jr. in the left thigh at about 2 p.m.

But Leavell's attorney, Loretta Riddle, warned the Erie County jurors to pay special attention to the relationships between witnesses, what they said to police, and how they bargained their way onto the witness stand.

"There is not enough substantial credibility for the witnesses who were there for you to rely on them," she said.

"The individuals who were there knew each other, are related to each other or were long-term friends," she said.

Read more about the defense's stance in Wednesday's Register.

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