PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) -- A March 11 jury trial has been scheduled for a 19-year-old high school student charged with attempting a break-in at the home of Ohio's Democratic chairman.
The Port Clinton News-Herald reports Thursday (http://ohne.ws/19AvL8Y ) that Alexander Reitzel was arrested Dec. 8 after a security camera recorded him trying three different doors at the residence of chairman and state Rep. Chris Redfern.
Reitzel's attorney, Tom DeBacco, told a judge this week there was no evidence Reitzel intended to steal anything, hurt anyone or destroy property. DeBacco said Reitzel wanted his parents to buy the $874,000 house, which is for sale.
DeBacco says the case is overblown because Redfern and the Ottawa County prosecutor share a political affiliation.
Redfern called the allegation "gutless and shameless," saying he reported the break-in to protect his family.
Information from: Port Clinton News-Herald, http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com