Stabbing hearing continued

MILAN In a somber courtroom Friday morning, the family of Tyrone Cash sat waiting patiently. They wept as Cash, 22, of
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

MILAN

In a somber courtroom Friday morning, the family of Tyrone Cash sat waiting patiently.

They wept as Cash, 22, of Lorain, slowly made the sign of the cross on his face. One woman in his group of supporters returned the gesture as they sat in silence.

More than an hour after Cash's preliminary hearing was slated to begin, his public defender, Darrell Steltenpohl, and the prosecutor asked Judge Paul Lux to have the hearing pushed back. The motion was granted and Cash's case was reset for Monday.

Cash is charged with two counts each of attempted murder and several other charges after he was arrested Nov. 30. Sheriff's deputies say he attacked two hunters in a Berlin Township field with a knife -- stabbing them repeatedly.

One of the men, Chad Rothgeb, 22, of Norwalk, suffered four stab wounds to the back and was released this week from St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.

The other man, Mitchell Bellamy, 28, of Berlin Heights, remains at home recovering from a stab wound to the head.

"I'm getting there," Bellamy said Friday while on his road to recovery. "My head hurts pretty good."

Bellamy received stitches and is taking pain medication.

At the hearing in Erie County Court, Cash's $500,000 bond was maintained. Both Steltenpohl and the prosecutor cited "more work" involved with the case as the reason for the request. After the hearing Steltenpohl declined to say what that work entailed.

In the meantime, Cash's case might have been presented before grand jurors, who met at the Erie County Common Pleas Court this week. Their findings will be available next week.

"Justice and judgment and truth will prevail," said a woman who only identified herself as Cash's mother.

Earlier this week Cash's sister, Twila Rowe, 26, expressed concerns surrounding her younger brother's arrest.

"He's a humble man. He stays to himself," she said. "It just doesn't sound like him. Somebody probably had to mess with him."

Rowe describes her brother as humorous and someone who enjoys having fun. She last spoke to Cash at Thanksgiving, at which time she said he seemed "OK."

"As a family we always stick together," she said. "It's a journey and not a fight."