Young’s Butler Arson Trial Delayed Until January

BUTLER(Pa.)-The Butler trial for 19-year-old Jonathan Young, the man accused of setting several fires in the Jamestown/Falconer area, is now scheduled to start January 29th, 2018 (9 AM) according to court documents obtained by WNYNewsNow. 

Young’s attorney, Joseph Smith (member of Butler County Public Defender’s Office), previously said he wouldn’t be surprised if the trial was delayed until 2018. Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Simon filed a motion in September to reschedule his trial according to documents.

The trial, after Simon’s motion, was slated to start this week. Young’s next hearing will be a status conference December 18th to discuss where his case is headed. He will, then, have what’s called a “Call of the List” hearing on January 17th to advise the judge of the case status.

Jury selection is scheduled for the following day.

It’s important to note the documents don’t officially indicate whether Young’s Notice of Mental Infirmity or Insanity Defense would be accepted or denied.

Young’s case in Warren County is at a stand-still in regards to when he’ll have another hearing. Documents did, however, reveal Young has retained Erie-based lawyer Charbel Latouf for representation.

Young faces multiple charges in Warren County after he allegedly broke into a Pine Grove Township home and stole a vehicle before abandoning it in Oil City. Reports earlier this year indicated he walked down Rt. 8 from Oil City to Slippery Rock before allegedly setting a trailer on fire.

The former Chautauqua’s Got Talent winner is currently in Butler County Jail on $75,000 bail, while bail remains at $100 K in Warren County.

Young was indicted last month on over a dozen arson charges in Chautauqua County. A formal warrant was issued for his arrest.

WNYNewsNow learned from the Court Clerk’s Office Tuesday that no further court dates have been scheduled.

 

 

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