Zanesville man pleads not guilty in stabbing

| March 2, 2013

ZANESVILLE — A Zanesville man who authorities say stabbed a woman at a Newark Road church earlier this month pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity Wednesday in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court.

Kerron Brantley, 25, is charged with one count each of attempted murder, felonious assault, breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools and tampering with evidence.

He appeared for arraignment before Judge Kelly Cottrill, and attorney Scott Rankin entered the pleas on Brantley’s behalf and then asked for a reduction in Brantley’s $500,000 bond.

Rankin said the court should consider that Brantley is married, has a child and that his parents are upstanding members of the community.

“He has no criminal record and substantial ties to the community,” Rankin said, in arguing for a “significant reduction.”

Rankin also noted local media quoting Sheriff Matt Lutz that the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.

However, Assistant Prosecutor Ron Welch said Brantley represents a risk to the community because of the seriousness of the crime.

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