Attorney seeks mental health evaluation for Licking Township client facing attempted murder charges

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NEWARK − Larry McCreary, 79, of Licking Township, was arrested after his wife seriously injured in an attack on January 9two counts of attempted murder, five counts of unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of domestic violence.

Robert Calesaric, McCreary’s attorney, has asked the court for an evaluation of his client’s health.

“He is a 79-year-old man with what I believe to be early signs of dementia and we are investigating his state of health. think about the time it was accused,” said Calesaric. “He has no criminal history, a 58-year marriage. The allegations are inconsistent with his history.”

Calesaric said McCreary plans to plead not guilty at sentencing, scheduled for Tuesday.

Licking County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an emergency call at 11:19 p.m. Jan. 9 on Rodney Lane Southeast, from a neighbor of McCreary who reported hearing gunshots.

Deputies found his wife in the master bedroom with serious injuries. McCreary was found in a car in the garage with the engine running in a suicide attempt, said Licking County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jay Cook. McCreary was arrested and remains in jail.

Licking County District Attorney Jenny Wells said the charges of attempted murder, a first-degree felony, refer to McCreary’s assault on his wife and the shots fired at a neighbor’s home. . Cook said shell casings were found outside the neighbor’s house, holes in the wall and bullets inside the house. Two guns were found in McCreary’s home.

Wells said the two counts of domestic violence, first degree felonies, refer to the assault on January 9 as well as McCreary’s actions on January 6-8.

The five counts of improper discharge of a firearm stem from multiple shots being fired at a neighbor’s home. Gun charges carry a three-year statute of limitations, Wells said.

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This article originally appeared in the Newark Advocate: Mental health research in the case of attempted murder

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