Troy man, shot by officer in 2015, in court

Coleman, 33, ordered to undergo mental health review

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — The Troy man who allegedly threatened a Troy police officer with a knife following a disturbance call in January 2015 appeared in court on Wednesday.

Miami County Common Court Pleas Judge Christopher Gee ordered Kenneth Coleman, 33, of Troy, to undergo a new mental health competency report prior to a pending arraignment on a grand jury indictment for one count of a first degree felony assault of a police officer charge.

Coleman Jr. appeared in court, alongside defense attorney Jay Lopez, as Gee reviewed the previous competency report submitted to the Miami County Municipal Court proceedings on March 17, 2016. The report declared Coleman incompetent to stand trial.

Gee noted the date of the former report was almost 15 months old and that Coleman Jr. had been living in a group home since was released from state psychiatric care.

Gee ordered the competency report to be completed as soon as possible due to the “very serious charge.”

Gee set a cash or surety bond at $100,000.

Coleman was shot in the legs by a Troy police officer following a disturbance call on Mayfield Drive on Jan. 20, 2015.

Coleman was allegedly wielding a knife and did not follow orders to drop it. Coleman was allegedly walking towards Officer Jim Short yelling at him to “shoot me” before Short shot him in the legs. In Municipal Court proceedings, Coleman was declared incompetent to stand trial and was placed into treatment to restore competency on April 2, 2015.

In other news:

The sentencing date has been continued for a Piqua man who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

Joshua Schwarz, 29, of Piqua, entered the plea of guilty to five counts of fourth-degree felony pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor and five counts of fifth-degree felony illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material in May.

On Wednesday, Gee said he was made aware of the defense attorney Patrick Mulligan’s sentencing memorandum, including a mental health evaluation, 10 minutes prior to the sentencing hearing. It was emailed to the court at 12:04 p.m. and the sentencing hearing was set for 3 p.m. Judge Gee said he’d like more time to review the reports and letters prior to sentencing Schwarz.

Gee also requested a report from Schwarz’s counselor for sex addiction weeks in advance of the new Aug. 8 sentencing hearing.

Last May, Schwarz entered into a plea agreement with the state to drop the third-degree felony tampering with evidence and 10 additional counts of pandering and illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material. The charges do not merge due to 10 different children’s images found on Schwarz’s cell phone and computers.

According to reports, at least 10 different children were photographed in various sexual acts or poses. All of the reported victims were prepubescent from infants to children aged 6-years-old.

Schwarz remains free on bond.
Coleman, 33, ordered to undergo mental health review

By Melanie Yingst