Clayton man arraigned on vehicular homicide charges

Court enters not guilty plea on Harville’s behalf

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — In Miami County Common Pleas Court Jordan Harville, 24, of Clayton, appeared for his arraignment on a grand jury indictment related to death of a bystander during a pursuit which ended in Harrison Township on March 27.

Harville was charged with one count of first degree aggravated vehicular homicide, second degree aggravated vehicular homicide, third degree failure to comply and fourth degree grand theft auto.

Harville did not speak during the arraignment. His attorney Robert Long stated Harville wanted to be mute during the plea portion of the hearing. The court entered a not guilty plea on Harville’s behalf. Judge Christopher Gee increased Harville’s bond from $75,000 to $100,000 cash or surety. A pre-trial was set for May 22.

In Montgomery County, Harville was granted drug treatment in-lieu-of-conviction motion on Jan. 13 and absconded from his conditions 13 days later.

Harville fled police in a stolen truck from Fletcher, led police officers on a pursuit on southbound Interstate 75, through Vandalia on North Dixie Drive. The pursuit ended after Harville struck a vehicle killing Anthony Hufford, 28, of Englewood, during the pursuit. Hufford was pronounced dead at the scene.

In other court news:

Michael R. Finley, 28, of Piqua, was arraigned by grand jury indictment for third-degree felony gross sexual imposition Wednesday morning.

Finley’s bond remains at $25,000 cash or surety. If Finley was to post bond, Judge Gee ordered Finley not to have any contact with the victims in the case and reside with his mother in Sidney. Finley’s pre-trial conference was set for May 22 with Judge Jeannine Pratt.

The charges are in connection with an incident that took place in late January in Piqua. It was not reported to Piqua police until Feb. 23. According to Miami County Municipal Court records, the victim was a male juvenile under the age of 13. Finley reportedly threatened to have someone hurt the victim if the victim told anyone about the alleged incident. Finley also confessed to the incident, according to court records.

Finley is currently being held in the Miami County Jail on $25,000 bond. If Finley posts bond, he is ordered to have no contact with the victim. A preliminary hearing for Finley is scheduled for March 1.

Finley is registered as a tier II sex offender after being convicted of third-degree felony compelling prostitution in 2008. Finley spent four years in prison for that offense.

Prior to that, Finley was convicted of fourth-degree felony unlawful sexual conduct with a minor or corruption of a minor in 2006. He spent 15 months in prison for that offense.

More recently, in October 2015, Finley was found guilty of third-degree misdemeanor sexual imposition and served 50 days in jail for the offense.
Court enters not guilty plea on Harville’s behalf

By Melanie Yingst