Young Undergoing Mental Evalution, Trial In Question

BUTLER, PA-Accused area arsonist Jonathan Young is still undergoing a series of mental evaluations, representing one of the factors which could delay or even bypass a trial. 

Assistant Public Defender Joseph L. Smith, who’s representing Young, told WNYNewsNow Wednesday in his office that a plea deal is in the works.

“Right now, we (Smith and the District Attorney’s Office) are negotiating a plea deal,” Smith said.

Smith said he and Young decided to forego a scheduled judicial conference.

Smith said he filed a motion of discovery Tuesday, meaning he’ll have more time to prepare for a trial by reviewing the Commonwealth’s evidence in his case for a nearby Slippery Rock arson.

Young’s jury selection will occur as scheduled on August 17th and 18th. Smith said he doesn’t expect a trial to start until at least September, and that’s if Young decides to stand trial (if ¬†motion of insanity is denied).

The teen is also accused of setting 12 separate fires in the Jamestown/Falconer area in March. He additionally faces charges in Warren County.


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