Motions denied in Ruffner case

By John Hamilton -

WILMINGTON — Motions were denied in a murder suspect’s case on Monday.

Clinton County Common Pleas Court Judge John “Tim” Rudduck denied the defense council’s motions to obtain access to school and juvenile records of individuals associated with the case against Corey Ruffner.

“Mr. Ruffner is asking for nothing but for the court to obtain and review the records,” said Craig Newburger, Ruffner’s appointed attorney.

Newburger indicated they wanted the court to review the records to see if there’s any relevant information there.

Ruffner, 22, appeared in court where he faces charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, and robbery in relation to the death of 23-year-old Layne Hall of Blanchester.

Andrew McCoy of the Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office told Rudduck they objected to the idea because it would offer no new facts.

Ruffner has a four-day jury trial is scheduled for Oct. 20.

He is one of four suspects charged in relation to Hall’s death in January. The other three are Christian Terry, 22, Kevin Noe, 21, and Joshua Williams, 18. All suspects are currently incarcerated at the Clinton County Jail.

Noe and Terry were also charged with alleged murder, involuntary manslaughter, and robbery. Williams was charged with alleged murder.

Court documents indicated Hall and three of the suspects (Terry, Noe, and Ruffner) allegedly rode in a car together to meet someone at the Brownberry Apartments parking lot; soon after the four arrived, the person they were to meet — allegedly Williams — pulled up in a car, and shortly after that is when gunfire was heard.

Although court documents indicate Terry, Noe or Ruffner did not purposely kill Hall, it alleges that if they had not taken part in initiating a robbery, the alleged murder would not have occurred. Williams is suspected of directly causing Hall’s death.

A jury trial is scheduled for Williams beginning on July 28 with a pretrial on today. Ruffner’s trial is scheduled to begin on Oct 20. Noe’s trial is scheduled for Sept. 1. Terry has a pre-trial scheduled for July 20.

By John Hamilton

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