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Baxter, Ferman arraigned again

12/11/2004

WAVERLY -- Common Pleas Judge Cassandra Bolt-Merideth revoked the bond of two men facing capital murder charges in the October beating death of a gay homeless man.

Martin E. Baxter, 28, of 112 W. Fourth St., and Matthew W. Ferman, 22, of 438 Estep Lane, were arraigned Friday on six felony counts stemming from the Oct. 2 beating death of 39-year-old Daniel Fetty, which Prosecutor Rob Junk called a hate crime.

Baxter and Ferman both pleaded not guilty to the new charges. They originally were indicted on one count each of aggravated murder Oct. 8, but Junk dismissed that charge Friday in order to proceed with the six-count re-indictment filed Wednesday.

Baxter and Ferman's trials, originally slated to begin Monday, have been pushed back to Dec. 27. Junk said that still qualifes as a speedy trial as guaranteed by law, and each will have a death penalty-certified lawyer appointed by the state.

The grand jury indicted Baxter and Ferman Wednesday on two counts each of aggravated murder, but each can be convicted only on one. They each also face one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, abduction and two counts of aggravated murder, both third-degree felonies.

Source: Chillicothe Gazette



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