A former Columbus man, now serving prison time for burglary in Delaware County, was charged Friday with the 2013 home invasion robbery of Choctaw Lake resident Allen Homewood.
Zachary T. Davis, 25, was arraigned before Madison County Common Pleas Judge Eamon Costello on multiple counts of aggravated burglary with a firearm, complicity to felonious assault, kidnapping, complicity to grand theft and possession of criminal tools. Most of the charges are first-degree felonies.
Costello entered a not guilty plea for Davis and appointed Mike Murray to represent Davis at a Sept. 11 trial.
Davis is currently serving six years at Lebanon Correctional Institution for an unrelated burglary in Delaware County. His release date is September 2019.
Investigators said Davis was among three masked men who entered the East Choctaw Drive home of Allen Homewood about 5 a.m. on March 30, 2013. They were armed with handguns and a baseball bat.
They beat Homewood and took a variety of autographed Ohio State University football memorabilia, electronics and a gun.
Homewood and his dog fought the attackers. Homewood eventually escaped through a balcony door and fled to a neighbor’s home for help. When deputies arrived on the scene, the home invaders were gone.
Both Homewood and his dog were severely beaten and required treatment at local facilities.
A $10,000 reward posted days later drew a tip that Davis was involved in the crime.
U.S. Marshals arrested Davis at a Motel 6 in Salem, Oregon on May 9, 2013. He was eventually returned to Ohio to face charges in Delaware, Franklin and Madison counties.
In other common pleas court action on Friday:
• Jordan Horvatter, 24, of Lancaster, was charged with smuggling the prescription drug Suboxone into Madison Correctional Institution on Feb. 25-26.
Costello appointed Ashli Stonerock to represent Horvatter at a Sept. 11 trial. Horvatter remains in jail under a $500 cash or surety bond.
• Paul Darling, 31, of Plain City, pleaded guilty to trafficking Oxycodone on Oct. 8,2013 and attempted trafficking of the drug on Dec. 10, 2013. Additional charges were dismissed as part of a plea bargain.
Darling now faces up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the conviction. However, he could also be sentenced to community control, depending on the outcome of a pre-sentence investigation.
Costello set sentencing for Sept. 18.
• Jeremy Morris, 38, of Sedalia, was sentenced to a year of community control for complicity to receive stolen property, stemming from a Jan. 23 break-in at Creamer Metal Products in London.
Morris pleaded guilty to the charge in May.
• April Mills, 44, of Columbus, requested appointment of a new defense attorney, citing a breakdown in communication with her current attorney, Seth Schertzinger.
Mills is accused of smuggling marijuana into London Correctional Institution on March 16.
Costello granted Mills’ request and appointed Patrick Phillips to represent the woman at an Aug. 21 trial. However, he cautioned Mills against further changes.
“Your next attorney is your last attorney,” Costello told Mills.
• Abdallah Aljacksy, 19, of Columbus, was ordered to undergo drug treatment after entering a conditional guilty plea to possessing LSD during a routine traffic stop on Aug. 14, 2013.
• Daniel T. Kershaw, 23, of West Jefferson, was sentenced to 60 days in jail for violating terms of his community control for a 2013 heroin possession conviction.
Visiting Judge Robert D. Nichols noted previous attempts to treat Kershaw’s addiction to heroin, including a stay at the West Central Community Correctional Facility, were unsuccessful.
“You can relapse and kill yourself or you will turn the corner. It’s all up to you,” Nichols told Kershaw.
Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1616 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.