Pregnant defendant gets new trial date

Cary Ashby • Feb 2, 2013 at 8:13 PM

A pregnant defendant has a new trial date on a tampering with evidence allegation.

Jamie L. Brady, 21, of 4150 River Road, is set for trial March 26 in Huron County Common Pleas Court. She is charged with tampering with evidence in connection with a Sept. 24 incident. If convicted, Brady faces nine months to three years in prison.

However, Judge Jim Conway said Wednesday the defendant will be interviewed and screened to see if she's a good candidate for the drug court program or if she could receive intervention in lieu of a conviction.

Brady, who is about 10 weeks pregnant, was in court Thursday morning for Conway to hear defense attorney Ben Chapman's motion to suppress evidence. The hearing was postponed, but the court didn't schedule a new date.

The defendant faces a pending possession of heroin case on which she hasn't been indicted yet.

"We're awaiting the lab report," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff told Conway.

Brady and her boyfriend, Phillip J. Faulkner, 22, of Willard, were arrested Jan. 15. Huron County sheriff's detectives said they seized "a significant amount of heroin paraphernalia," including spoons and syringes with suspected heroin residue, after a police dog indicated on the truck during a sweep around the vehicle.

"Jamie made admissions she last used heroin (Jan. 12) and Phillip used that morning," Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said after the arrests.

Before the arrests, Querin and Detective John Harris were patrolling the Snyder Road area near Monroeville, where there had been a recent break-in, when they saw a vehicle registered to Brady. She was driving and Faulkner was the passenger.

Brady's tampering charge reportedly relates to deputies investigating some stolen all-terrain vehicles (ATV). Deputies arrested her Sept. 26 at a Greenfield Township residence.

Earlier this month, Faulkner pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence. In exchange, the state dismissed one count of breaking and entering stemming from the same investigation involving Brady and wouldn't pursue the heroin-related charges.

Faulkner is serving a 17-month prison term at the Lorain Correctional Institution for painting an ATV, which as stolen from a rural Monroeville residence. Attorneys had recommended that after serving 60 days, Faulkner would be released early into a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Brady must post 10 percent of a $5,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail.

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