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Trial delayed for man accused of murder in Bellevue slaying

By Tandem Media Network • Updated Oct 12, 2018 at 7:17 AM

BELLEVUE — The jury trial for a Bellevue man accused of murder was moved to a later date.

John Frost, 58, originally had his trial scheduled next week in Sandusky County for charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter and having a weapon under a disability. The prosecution alleges Frost is addicted to opioids and shouldn’t have been allowed to own a firearm.

But his attorneys, David Klucas and Cynthia Welty, waived the right to a speedy trial last Friday to allow more time to prepare his defense.

Judge John Dewey scheduled a pretrial for March 6 and rescheduled the jury trial for March 18. Frost remains in the Sandusky County jail, unable to post a $1 million bond.

Frost is accused of shooting and killing Curtis Gibbs, 44, in the hallway outside Frost’s Thomas Drive apartment in July. Bellevue police found Gibbs on the hallway floor with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead a the scene.

Police took two guns into evidence — one belonged to Frost and the other to Gibbs — from the scene. Both firearms had been used. They detained and questioned Frost who was charged with murder the following day.

Frost’s family claims Gibbs attempted to break in and the shooting was self-defense, but Gibbs’ family said he was looking for his girlfriend and Frost came out with a gun before Gibbs reached the apartment.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges. Last month, his attorneys hired an investigative team from Toledo to help his defense.

 

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