Case of other accused robber continues

By John Hamilton -

WILMINGTON — No trial date has been set for the other half of two accused armed robbers, but multiple motions were made.

Matt Suellentrop, the court-appointed attorney for James Clifton, made five different motions to Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John “Tim” Rudduck during a session on Thursday.

The motions were to return personal property to Clifton, compel medical treatment and medical supplies, a motion to compel discovery, a motion to disclose identity of a confidential informant, and a motion to suppress.

For the medical motion — which Rudduck saw as the most urgent — Suellentrop advised that since Clifton has been transported to Correction Reception Center (CRC) in Orient for the duration of his cases, he has not been receiving the medical attention he needs — a nebulizer for breathing treatment and his dentures.

“My understanding, perhaps the dentures did not go with him to CRC … and he is not getting the breathing treatments,” said Suellentrop.

Rudduck advised that the state is responsible for Clifton’s well-being while in custody — locally or somewhere else.

“I’m not sure if I have control over what they’re doing in some other county right now, whereever you’re housed,” said Rudduck. “But I would encourage the state to try to talk to the sheriff to find out if there’s a difference from what he’s getting here to where he’s being housed.”

Rudduck scheduled a hearing for January regarding the motions.

Clifton, along with Levi Cutcher, 61 — who is also incarcerated at CRC — faces multiple multiple charges of felonious assault and aggravated robbery related to two gas station robberies in June and July. The two also face charges of conspiracy, attempted escape, and possession of a deadly weapon which were filed in November.

By John Hamilton

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