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Trial for murder suspect delayed

By Michael Harrington • May 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM

BELLEVUE — The jury trial for a man accused of murder was delayed to July because Sandusky County prosecutor Tim Braun will no longer be prosecuting the case.

John Frost, 59, of Bellevue, was set to stand trial Monday in the Sandusky County Common Pleas Court on charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter and, because of an alleged drug addiction, having weapons under a disability.

But assistant prosecutor Kaitlin Klucas filed a motion requesting a continuance for the jury trial because Braun would no longer be prosecuting the case with her, according to the county clerk of courts.

It’s unknown if Braun’s removal from the case is related to allegations of sexual harassment levied against him and the disappearance of employee personnel files. He couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Thursday.

Assistant prosecutor Joe Gerber will be joining the case. The motion reasoned the delay was necessary to give him more time to familiarize himself with the case. Judge John Dewey granted the motion Tuesday and rescheduled the jury trial for July 15.

Frost is accused of shooting and killing Curtis Gibbs in the hallway outside Frost’s apartment in July 2018. Both men had guns which were fired, according to Bellevue police.

Police detained Frost after the shooting for questioning. He was charged the following day at the recommendation of the prosecutor’s office.

Frost’s family claims the shooting was in self-defense after Gibbs tried to break-in, but the victim’s family says Gibbs was looking for his girlfriend and was shot before he got to the apartment.

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