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Friday, November 09, 2007

Ind. Courts - "Fort Wayne man convicted of molesting leaps off courthouse balcony"

Some quotes from a longish story today by Rebecca S. Green of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:

Moments after he was convicted of child molesting Thursday, a 30-year-old Fort Wayne man jumped headfirst over the third-floor railing in the Allen County Courthouse rotunda.

He was taken to a hospital in critical condition with what appeared to be head injuries. The Courthouse had already closed for business for the day.

At 4:50 p.m., a 12-person jury announced a guilty verdict after the daylong trial for Cicero Offerle, facing a single charge of child molesting. Because of the conviction – and because prosecutors said he had tried to kill himself after his initial interview with police – Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull ordered him taken into custody until sentencing, which she set for Nov. 19. Offerle had been out on bond while his case progressed through the courts.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 9, 2007 09:20 AM
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