Accused stabber gets July trial date

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:14 PM

SANDUSKY - A Lorain man accused of stabbing two deer hunters in the fall is scheduled to stand trial this summer.

Tyrone P. Cash, 22, faces two counts each of attempted murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and theft in Erie County Common Pleas Court. He also is charged with one count of aggravated robbery in connection with the Nov. 30 incident.

Cash had been at North Coast Behavioral Center in Toledo since Dec. 7 undergoing psychiatric treatment. Erie County Jail Administrator Capt. Todd Dempsey said the defendant wasn't giving corrections officers any problems, but "he was displaying symptoms consistent with a mental illness" at the time.

"He has no problems since his return," Dempsey said this morning.

After returning from North Coast on April 7, Cash was booked into the Erie County Jail. He must post a $500,000 bond before being released from custody.

During Monday's hearing, Judge Roger Binette ruled Cash wouldn't be able to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. The judge cited an April 24 report by a psychologist which indicates the defendant is competent to stand trial. Binette then issued a July 29 trial date.

Erie County Public Defender Jeff Whitacre said Cash's recollection of the Nov. 30 incident in a Berlin Township field near Ohio 61 is much more clear now. He noted his client was not on his medication at the time.

"He was hospitalized and got his meds straightened out and that's helped tremendously," Whitacre said. "I don't know what ones those are."

Norwalk victim Chad Rothgeb, 22, was released from St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in mid-December after being stabbed twice in the back. He also had two punctured lungs and a blood transfusion, but no surgeries when he was treated at the Toledo hospital.

The second victim, Mitchell Bellamy, 28, recovered at his rural Berlin Heights home after getting several stitches for one stab wound to his head.

The hunters have said they were in a deer blind when they saw Cash walking nearby and told him he needed to leave the private property owned by some of Bellamy's relatives. Rothgeb said Cash who had a fold-out knife "flipped out," cursed at them, started swinging his fists and the trio struggled for control of Rothgeb's single-shot gun.

Cash got the gun, Rothgeb said, but he was unable to fire it when he cocked it.

The attacker threw the weapon into the woods and ran away. Authorities found the partially submerged shotgun near Old Woman Creek and arrested Cash about 400 yards of west of the altercation shortly after the incident.

"I don't think he was crazy. He knew exactly what he was doing," Bellamy said in December.

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