Killer’s request for new trial is denied
ELYRIA — A county judge has rejected Charles “Scooby” Brassfield’s request that he be tried again on charges of involuntary manslaughter and child endangering in the death of 8-month-old Desiree Wade in 2010.
Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski wrote that new evidence Brassfield’s lawyers wanted to use in a new trial was cumulative with evidence they’d used during Brassfield’s trial. The judge also wrote that he believes the guilty verdicts against Brassfield were correct based on the evidence prosecutors presented during trial.
Michael Feldman, Brassfield’s attorney, had argued that a letter written by Ciara Wade, Desiree’s mother, to Brassfield that he learned about after the jury began deliberating could have been used to give him better insight into Wade’s mindset.
Prosecutors argued the letter did little more than detail Wade’s feelings toward Brassfield while he was in the county jail.
The jury deliberated about 21 hours before finding Brassfield guilty of the two charges. Prosecutors have indicated they want to retry him on charges of murder, felonious assault and child endangering. Jurors had deadlocked on those charges.
Foreclosure suit filed against STAND leader
ELYRIA — A foreclosure lawsuit was filed Monday against controversial activist King Ayettey Zubaidah.
The lawsuit, filed by HSBC Mortgage Services, accuses Zubaidah, who also is known as Gerald McGee, of not making payments on $108,000 loan taken out in 2006.
The lawsuit also names Kelly Zubaidah, his wife, as a defendant.
The couple allegedly still owes $104,397 on the loan, which was for their West 22nd Street home in Lorain.
Zubaidah, who leads the STAND Society, has come under fire in recent years from the Lorain County Bar Association, which has accused him of practicing law without a license. An Ohio Supreme Court panel has not made a decision on whether Zubaidah crossed the line from activist into unauthorized attorney.
Zubaidah, who contends he never gave legal advice and was serving as a courthouse watchdog, declined to comment on the foreclosure lawsuit.
Elyria High class of 1954 to reunite
The Elyria High School class of 1954 will hold its 58th reunion at noon Aug. 15 in the dining hall of Elyria High School. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. followed by a building tour. The deadline to register is Saturday.