Pre-trial hearing set in felonious assault case

Sarah Hawley

December 31, 2013

POMEROY — The man charged following a shooting in September will appear in court next week for a pre-trial hearing.

Neal D. Bonecutter, 41, of Pomeroy, is charged with two counts of felonious assault and one count of having weapons under disability. Both counts of felonious assault are second degree felonies, while having weapons under disability is a felony of the third degree.

According to the indictment filed in October with the Meigs County Clerk of Courts, on Sept. 19, Bonecutter committed the crime of felonious assault in that he did knowingly cause or attempt to cause to another by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance.

Both counts of felonious assault also carry a firearms specification, meaning that the offender had a firearm on or about his person or under his control while committing the offenses, and displayed the firearm, brandished the firearm, indicated that the offender possessed the firearm or used it to facilitate the offense.

Sheriff Keith O. Wood reported on Sept. 19, 2013, that deputies arrested Neal D. Bonecutter, age 41, of Pomeroy, for two counts of attempted murder after an altercation at his residence located on Ohio 143.

It was reported that Neal Bonecutter shot Allen Brickles in the lower leg and shot at Melissa Dickens as she fled the residence.

Brickles was taken by ambulance to Holzer Medical Center and later transferred to Cabell Huntington Trauma Unit. He was later released.

Bonecutter was originally scheduled for a pre-trial hearing and jury trial in November and December, but both dates were continued.

A notice was filed in late November for a substitution of counsel, with attorney Clare M. Ball Jr. now serving as counsel for Boncutter.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Jan. 6, with a jury trial scheduled for Feb. 11.

Bonecutter is in custody of the Meigs County Sheriff as he awaits upcoming court appearances.