Lucas pleads not guilty to rape charge

Supporters fill courtroom for arraignment

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — More than 20 supporters filled the Miami County Common Pleas courtroom on Thursday as Henry Lucas, 52, of Troy, was arraigned on a grand jury indictment.

Lucas entered a plea of not guilty to one count of first degree felony rape and one count of third degree felony tampering with evidence.

Lucas appeared via video arraignment for the hearing. He was represented by attorney Andrew Pratt. Gee will retain the case. A pre-trial conference was set for Aug. 7.

Assistant Prosecutor Janna Parker asked the court to set a high cash bond due to Lucas’ previous felony record, which includes one prior prison term. Judge Christopher Gee ordered a bond check before setting bond in the case. The bond set in Miami County Municipal Court was $400,000. If Lucas should post bond, he was ordered to have no contact with the victim or the victim’s mother.

According to reports, Lucas allegedly pinned a 15-year-old female victim against the wall and shoved his hand down the victim’s pants, sexually assaulted her by hand and then left the home. The victim stated she didn’t tell an adult until two months later.

In other news:

Darin W. Reineke, 49, of Sidney, was arraigned on one court of involuntary manslaughter and one count of corrupting another with drugs on Thursday.

He entered a not guilty plea to both charges.

According to Miami County Municipal Court records, Reineke is accused of providing Tabatha A. Murphy, 45, of Piqua, with heroin, which resulted in her overdose death on Feb. 1. His bond for $255,000 was continued by Judge Gee.

The Piqua Police Department responded to the 200 block of Manning Street on Feb. 1, at approximately 7 p.m. on a report of a possible physical altercation, and upon arrival, officers found Murphy unresponsive with Reineke. Reineke and Murphy were reportedly living together in the residence. According to court records, multiple syringes and empty gel capsules were in plain view. They were collected as evidence. Cell phones and cell phone records were also collected as evidence.
Supporters fill courtroom for arraignment

By Melanie Yingst