Trial set for man in shooting incident

By John Hamilton - jh[email protected]

WILMINGTON — One of two local men involved with a shooting in January now has trial dates scheduled.

On Tuesday, Clinton County Common Pleas Court Judge John “Tim” Rudduck scheduled a three-day jury trial for Christian Burton, beginning on October 26.

Burton faces charges of felonious assault (felony 2) and discharge of a firearm (felony 3).

Back in February, local law enforcement served a warrant on Burton along with Charles Stacey Brooks for alleged drug and weapon charges.

According to court documents, on January 12, Brooks and Burton, both of Wilmington, allegedly shot at each other while in a residential neighborhood of Wilmington. A 911 caller reported hearing at least three shots on South Walnut Street.

The caller said that one of the shots struck the outside of a car occupied by a man driving with his child.

Brooks has previously been convicted of felony crimes including robbery and aggravated drug trafficking. He was on parole at the time of the shooting.

Possessing a firearm or ammunition as a previously convicted felon is a federal crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Burton has been indicted by a federal grand jury. He was charged federally on February 23 with seven counts of narcotics crimes, including distributing fentanyl and methamphetamine and possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Brooks faces charges of alleged aggravated assault with firearm specification (felony 4), weapons under disability, discharge of a firearm, and tampering with evidence — all felony 3 charges.

A final pretrial for Burton is scheduled for October 5.

By John Hamilton

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Reach John Hamilton at 937-382-2574

Reach John Hamilton at 937-382-2574