Indiana man misses plea hearing

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway issued an arrest warrant Thursday for an Indiana man who didn’t show up for his plea hearing.

Conway asked Huron County Assistant Public Defender David Longo about the whereabouts of his client, South Bend resident Neal Williams, 46. Longo said Williams and his ride got lost on the way to Norwalk, somehow ending up near Indianapolis, and ended up returning home. He noted Williams had been staying in Mansfield at one point while the case was pending.

The attorney got word that his client had an alternate plan of catching a bus early Wednesday morning, but apparently overslept. Longo suggested the court not issue an arrest warrant and schedule a plea hearing for Monday, in hopes the state won’t accuse Williams of “skipping his bond.”

“I can’t guarantee he’ll show up Monday,” Longo said.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said Williams was indicted on possession of cocaine in connection with an April 6 traffic stop by the state Highway Patrol.

Norwalk Municipal Court records show troopers also issued Williams a summons on driving under the influence, first-degree misdemeanor. He pleaded guilty three days after the incident, was fined $600 and had his driver’s license suspended for six months.

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