A man indicted on charges in connection to a May shooting in Fostoria that resulted in the death of a 20-year-old woman appeared in court Tuesday for an arraignment.
Dallas Salaz, 19, who was indicted last month on one count each of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; complicity to aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; and complicity to aggravated murder, a special felony, entered not guilty pleas to each charge Tuesday in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff's courtroom.
A special felony carries more serious penalties than other degrees of felony.
PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE
Dallas Salaz appears in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom Tuesday.
Salaz is accused of breaking into 218 E. Culbertson St., the residence of Janelle Mauricio and 19-year-old Caleb Barto, May 21 alongside Garrett Brown, 18.
Salaz allegedly used a heavy metal bar iron to assault Barto, Mauricio's boyfriend, while Brown had a struggle with Mauricio and eventually shot her in the leg, according to police.
Mauricio later died at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital.
Brown was indicted on one count each of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; and aggravated murder, a special felony.
A third suspect, Tyson Ogg, 19, who allegedly served as the pair's getaway driver, is charged with one count each of complicity to aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; complicity to aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; and complicity to aggravated murder, a special felony.
Ogg and Brown have pleaded not guilty to the charges. Brown is scheduled to appear this morning for a pretrial and Ogg is scheduled to appear Sept. 2 for a plea hearing and continuance of a pre-trial.
Salaz, who had his $1.5 million bond continued Tuesday, also is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 2 for a pretrial. A jury trial for Salaz is scheduled to begin Oct. 20.
According to indictments, if convicted of the charges, the three each face a maximum penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole.