Involuntary manslaughter suspect indicted

Cary Ashby • Nov 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM

A rural New London man has been indicted on multiple charges in connection with a suspected shooting and marijuana-grow operation. 

Trent W. McCullough, 54, most recently of 3741 Prospect Road, is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, two charges of violating a protection order and one charge of reckless homicide. Three of the charges are third-degree felonies, which are punishable by nine months to three years in prison. The first four counts carry a firearm specification, which means the defendant, if convicted, would be required to serve three years in prison on top of any other sentence.

McCullough also faces one charge of illegal cultivation of marijuana. 

On Jan. 4, McCullough called 9-1-1 and reported his friend, George Ely, had suffered an accidental, self-inflicted .45-caliber gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to Huron County sheriff’s deputies’ reports. Sheriff Todd Corbin, shortly after the suspected incident, said after speaking to McCullough, he learned the wound likely wasn’t self-inflicted.

“I actually interviewed Mr. McCullough and during my conversation he was overcome by the grief that his friend was injured,” Corbin said in January. “He admitted that he didn’t mean to shoot his friend."

The firearm was recovered from McCullough’s home. The sheriff had referred to the residence as a family home, but declined to elaborate.

“We were able to canvass the area and recover all the trace evidence, (including) the shell casing,” Corbin said.

McCullough later posted a $150,000 bond. According to court records, he is prohibited from possessing any firearms. His Huron County Common Pleas Court trial date is Feb. 6.

A grand jury indicted nine other suspects Friday. 

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