A Washington Avenue resident remains incarcerated in the Fayette County Jail on charges of involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence after authorities said they found a 38-year-old man deceased near his residence.
Trevor B. Milstead, 27, is being held in the jail on a $100,000 bond.
Milstead was scheduled to appear Monday in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas for a final pretrial on the case. The hearing was continued to April 9.
Milstead’s defense counsel, Susan Wollscheid, requested additional counsel to be appointed to the case.
Fayette County Prosecutor Jess Weade said the court is expected to appoint co-counsel for Wollscheid.
“At this time we are still waiting on the report from the defense expert which must be filed 21 days prior to trial,” said Weade.
The defense’s expert medical witness is reviewing the alleged victim’s autopsy report and other necessary medical information ahead of the May 10 jury trial.
Discovery and reports in the case are now filed under seal at request of the prosecutor’s office.
Reports from the Washington Court House Police Department said the police were called to a report of a man laying on the ground behind the City Motel near Eastview Road. Reports said the man, 38, could not be revived and was pronounced dead at Grant Medical Center in Columbus.
Milstead, who lived in the house across the street from where the man’s body was found, allegedly provided “several different deceptive statements” to police, reports said.
Washington Police Department Patrolman Jeff Heinz wrote in a report that Milstead said he had found the man outside in his yard and had moved him across the street behind the City Motel to “set him up on the curb,” and allegedly said that “the light was better to give CPR.”
Milstead was arrested in December by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on the charges — in November, the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas issued a warrant after they reported Milstead allegedly violated the terms of his court-ordered probation in that county.
Court records in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas show Milstead was arrested in 2015 for possession of heroin in an amount of more than five grams but less than 10 grams. That charge was dismissed, but in the same case Milstead was convicted on a charge of tampering with evidence, according to court records. In April of 2016, Milstead was placed on three years of probation with Montgomery County. In Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, Milstead has a hearing scheduled for May 31 for the revocation of his probation.
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