EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSJudge Sends Abduction Case To Grand Jury For Consideration
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Reported by: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 5, 2013 11:51 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 5, 2013 7:51 PM EDT
Jackson , Jackson County , Ohio
A judge in Jackson County, Ohio, ruled Monday there was enough evidence in child abduction case to send it to a grand jury.
The judge's ruling came during a preliminary hearing for Zach Dunn, 30, who is accused of abducting Macey Stewart, 6, from her home in Jackson.
The hearing began in the morning and was adjourned in the afternoon because witness Austin Coon, 16, the child's babysitter, was not in court as scheduled. Coon was located and the hearing resumed in the afternoon. Coon testified that Dunn came to to the home the day the girl disappeared and asked to speak to the girl's father. He said he told Dunn that the girl's father was not at home. The babysitter said the little girl then followed Dunn out the door. The teen said he went back into the house to get a glass of water, and when he came outside, the little girl and Dunn were gone. He did not see the little girl get into a vehicle, but he said he saw one driving away.
Stewart's father testified that the last time he saw the girl, she was sitting on the porch with the 16-year-old babysitter.
A preliminary hearing for a man accused in the abduction of a 6-year-old Jackson County, Ohio, girl was adjourned until Monday afternoon while authorities try to round up a witness they said could place the man at the crime scene.
The preliminary hearing began Monday morning for Zach Dun, 30. He is accused of abducting Macey Stewart from her home in late July. The preliminary hearing was adjourned when a witness who had been subpoenaed to appear, Austin Coon, a 16-year-old who was Stewart’s babysitter, did not appear in court as scheduled.
Meanwhile, a police witness said in court that Dunn injured his hand when he struck the girl, but the judge did not allow the testimony. The girl was found after a 14-hour search, hiding in some bushes and she appeared to have been beaten in the face.
Also in court Monday, police indicated that Dunn had not been truthful when he told officers that he had been out of town in the morning. Security video at a convenience store about 12:30 a.m. that day shows Dunn in the store. Two township maintenance workers also testified they found a green jacket in a cemetery. The jacket appears similar to the jacket that Dunn was wearing in the security video.
DNA test results in the case are not complete yet.
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