Londoner accused of running drug lab heads to trial

Case continued to unspecified date

By Maximilian Kwiatkowski -



Tri-County Regional Jail

A London man accused of manufacturing meth near Choctaw Lake is going to trial after refusing a plea deal.

David Sias, 32, of London, is planning on going to trial over charges of illegal manufacturing of meth, a first-degree felony, illegal assembly of the chemicals to make meth, a second-degree felony, and possession of meth, also a second-degree felony.

A trial date is yet to be set due to the revelation by Sias to Fox that he had more witnesses for the attorney to interview for the case.

Judge Eamon Costello warned Sias to give Fox notice of any and all further witnesses now, as no further extensions would be granted.

Last week on Monday, June 19, Sias was offered a plea agreement after a lengthy back and forth between the prosecution and the defense, over the defense’s motion to suppress statements made by Sias to a Madison County detective. Steve Fox, Sias’ attorney, had argued his sixth amendment rights had been violated.

The motion was dropped later that day and Sias was offered a plea agreement to serve four years in prison with the prosecution dropping illegal manufacturing and possession of meth charges.

Sias is the fourth to be charged after a meth lab bust on Karen Drive in Somerford Township last January. Travis Basham, John McCoy and Scott Caudill have all been convicted and sentenced on similar charges.

Other criminal cases heard on Monday:

• Jefferey Harness, 27, of Dayton, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs, a third degree felony.

According to Assistant County Prosecutor Nicholas Adkins, Harness was found with about 4.5 grams of methamphetamine.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 28.

• Ronnie Napper, 64, of London, had charges moved to probate court after doctors believe he may not be mentally sound to stand trial.

He has been in custody at Summit Behavioral Healthcare in Cincinnati since last fall after his arraignment in August.

As previously reported in December, Napper’s doctor at Summit, Dr. Vanessa Doyle, testified in court that she believed Napper had schizophrenia and needed anti-psychotic medicine.

Doyle testified that Napper was menacing, responded to voices only he heard and has said his name is “Tarzan.” Doyle went on to say that Napper is refusing medicine, most likely because the mental state prevents him from being aware of his mental illness.

Napper faces a first-degree felony charge after failing to register as a sex offender.

He was convicted of a Madison County rape in 1990.

• Paul Eugene Jackson II, 23, of Springfield, was in for a community control violation hearing. Jackson said he had untreated ADHD and took illegally acquired Aderol to focus after his psychiatrist wouldn’t proscribe it to him.

Jackson said he was getting treatment for his addictions and learning more about life through a program at Access Hospital in Dayton. He mentioned what he was learning was helping him and wanted to continue.

Costello recommended to Jackson he potentially find another psychiatrist to get treatment. He mandated that Jackson finish the program to completion at the Dayton Hospital.

• Coty Allen Colwell, 24, of Mount Sterling, was arraigned on a fourth-degree felony trespassing charge.

According to a Sheriff’s report from late May, he was charged with criminal trespassing at a property on Big Plain-Circleville Road in London.

He was previously charged of trespassing the same property in February. Last October, he was charged with violating a protection order.

He mentioned there were ongoing issues with his “baby mama” before Costello cut him off.

Colwell is currently in custody at Tri-County Regional Jail.

An informal pre-trial hearing is scheduled for July 28.

• Robert Akins, 67, of Chillicothe, returned to be sentenced by the court given time to undergo a needed surgery and recover before starting an 18 month prison sentence.

Akins thanked Costello for the chance to get the procedure finished.

In April, Akins pleaded guilty to complicity to illegal conveyance of drugs, a third-degree felony.

While incarcerated at London Correctional, Akins received Suboxone through the mail.

Sias Tri-County Regional Jail
Case continued to unspecified date

By Maximilian Kwiatkowski

Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat.

Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat.