Forgery suspect freed from jail

Norwalk teen's case has yet to be presented to grand jury.
Cary Ashby
Jul 16, 2014
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A Norwalk man accused of forgery was released Monday from the Huron County Jail.

Arturo D. Cruz-Martinez, 18, of 5441 U.S. 250, Lot 60, appeared in Huron County Common Pleas Court on defense attorney Troy Murphy's motion to amend the defendant's bond.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the state had no objection to Cruz-Martinez being released on a personal recognizance (PR) bond and did not have any additional conditions for bail.

Cruz-Martinez signed a PR bond Monday, meaning he signed a court document and promised he would appear for future hearings and didn't have to pay any money. He had been in jail unable to post a $5,000 bond.

"I believe the case is unindicted at this time," Judge Jim Conway said.

Cruz-Martinez waived his right to a June 9 preliminary hearing in Norwalk Municipal Court. Judge Eric Weisenburger ruled there was a probable cause a crime had been committed and transferred the case to common pleas court to be reviewed by a grand jury.

"We haven't even presented it to the grand jury," Woodruff said after Monday's hearing. "I believe it's a forgery case."

Trooper Shawn Whiley, of the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post, investigated the suspected May 31 incident.