Ross County Grand Jury Indictments: 11-20-20

A man has been indicted by the Ross County Grand Jury following an August altercation with his live-in girlfriend.

Aaron M. Lee, 32, with the last known address of the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, has been indicted on a single second-degree felony count of felonious assault.

The incident took place from August 25th to August, 29th of 2020. Deputies with the Ross County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to 545 Toad Hollow Road to assist the Ohio State Highway Patrol at the scene of a crash. Deputies spoke to a Trooper on the scene who informed them that a female passenger in the vehicle appeared to be the victim of a physical assault.

The victim, who was 36-weeks pregnant at the time with Mr. Lee’s child, had visible injuries and bruises all over her body, that were in various stages of healing. She was also witnessed to have swelling on her eyes, jaw and mouth. The victim stated that Mr. Lee has caused the injuries in the days prior. She stated that Mr. Lee had strangled her and that she had passed out twice during the assault. She was taken to OSU Medical Center in Columbus where she was diagnosed with brain bleeding, numbness on the right side of her body, and memory loss.

Mr. Lee has denied the allegations.

In a separate case from Friday, a Chillicothe man was indicted on weapons charges.

Devin A. Whiting, 50, of Chillicothe, has been indicted on a single fourth-degree felony charge of carrying concealed weapons and a single fourth-degree felony charge of receiving stolen property.

The offense took place on August 27th of 2020 when an Ohio State Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle for a speed violation along US 35. The Trooper made contact with Mr. Whiting, who was the driver, and asked him to exit the vehicle. Mr. Whiting informed the Trooper that he was in possession of firearm, and when he stepped out of the vehicle, the gun fell out of Mr. Whiting’s pants pocket. Mr. Whiting told the Trooper that he had a concealed carry permit but the Trooper was advised by dispatch that Mr. Whiting’s permit was expired.

The gun was identified as a Ruger GP100 with six rounds inside the chamber. Further investigation revealed to gun to be stolen.

Other indictments from Friday’s Ross County Grand Jury Session:

  • Forrest L. Bowling, 37, of Chillicothe, has been charged with a single fourth-degree felony charge of domestic violence from an offense made on October 27th, 2020.
  • Willard R. Moore, of Columbus, has been charged with a single fourth-degree felony count of carrying concealed weapons, and a single third-degree felony count of having weapons while under disability. The offense took place on September 7th, 2020.
  • Derek C. Nelson, 42, of Greenfield, has been charged with a single second-degree misdemeanor count of domestic violence for an offense that took place on October 1st, 2020.

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