Leave Feedback

Jury rejects plea deal

Courtney Astolfi • Apr 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM

A trial for a man accused of brutally raping a woman in November likely will begin next week after the suspect during a court hearing Monday declined any possible plea deal.

“I asked him if he wanted an offer and he said no,” Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter told Judge Roger Binette during the hearing.

The victim escaped from a camper where Brian Jury left her, still unclothed, bound and gagged after he allegedly repeatedly raped her.

She crawled to a nearby road where she was rescued by passersby, who contacted police. Jury, 38, of the 10700 block of Strecker Road, is slated to go to trial April 29 on attempted murder, rape, kidnapping and assault charges.

He allegedly abducted the woman from the Lorain area at gunpoint before hauling her back to his Strecker Road camper in Groton Township.

Jury was carrying two loaded handguns when Lorain police stopped him a few hours after the woman broke free and contacted authorities. He was on his motorcycle headed west toward Erie County when he was arrested, police said.

Jury has been held at the Erie County jail since his arrest, with bond set at $350,000.

His attorney, Jack Bradley, accompanied him to Monday’s hearing.

Bradley and Baxter have until Friday afternoon to hash out a possible plea deal. After that point the jury selection process begins and they will be locked into the jury-trial option.

In apparent anticipation of next week’s trial, Bradley on Monday also followed up on pending evidence in the case. He requested the state provide a sample from the sexual assault exam Jury’s alleged victim underwent following the Nov. 1 incident.

Baxter made no objections.

Fulfillment of that request should not delay the trial any further.

Recommended for You