A former Collins woman accused of lying to investigators about the whereabouts of her boyfriend -- an accused robber -- appeared Tuesday for her arraignment in Huron County Common Pleas Court.
Shannon N. Roe, 27, of Wooster, pleaded innocent to obstructing justice in connection with an Oct. 24 incident. If convicted, she faces nine months to three years in prison.
Roe, who earlier posted a $10,000 bond, has a trial date of March 13.
Her boyfriend, Garry D. Ellis Jr., 21, most recently of 1475 DeRussey Road, Collins, goes to trial Jan. 21 on six felonies. He is charged with aggravated robbery, abduction, felonious assault, theft of a firearm, theft and tampering with evidence.
Ellis is accused of stealing money and a truck from a landscaper at gunpoint and then fleeing the scene. Authorities have said the motive was diapers and pain medicine and Ellis is accused of pulling a gun -- reported to be stolen -- on a man who was doing landscaping at a Hartland Township cemetery and ordered him to get into a small shelter before driving off.
Individuals who spotted the truck in a parking lot realized it didn't belong there, confronted Ellis and one of them chased the suspect. Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin has said Ellis fired the gun at the man who chased him, but missed.
Thirty deputies from Huron and Erie counties, several canine units and a state Highway Patrol airplane were involved in the manhunt. The search took place near DeRussey Road, 2 miles south of Ohio 18.
Deputies eventually found Ellis hiding upstairs in a bed in the home where Ellis and Roe lived. Querin said Roe lied to authorities early in the investigation about her boyfriend's suspected involvement and allegedly hid him in their home.
"She had knowledge of what her boyfriend had done," the detective said shortly after Roe's arrest.
When Ellis was arrested, he also was arrested on a Cuyahoga County warrant in connection with a burglary.
"He lied to us several times, but later fully confessed to the (local) crimes," Sheriff Dane Howard said.
Ellis has been unable to post a $100,000 bond at the Huron County Jail.