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Charges filed in Wilbert Street murder case

Sandusky Register Staff • Jul 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM

(BREAKING NEWS 12:33 p.m.): Erie county prosecutors have filed aggravated murder charges against a man for his alleged role in killing 50-year-old John Debski in his Wilbert Street home on Saturday.

Tommy Reogas, 34, who is held at the Erie County Jail on unrelated charges, faces a felony of the first degree for aggravated murder.

Debski's housemate, Gary Ballard, 40, who is also housed in the Erie County Jail on unrelated charges, has also been charged with obstructing justice.

Ballard called 911 on Saturday and told the dispatcher he found Debski without a pulse. (Listen to the call HERE). When police arrived they found Debski's body and a pool of blood nearby. 

Lucas County coroners who performed Debski's autopsy determined he died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Additional charges are expected to be presented at the next Erie County grand jury session.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's Register. 

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