Man declines plea agreement and proceeds with trial


By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com



Madison in Delaware County Common Pleas Court Wednesday.

Madison in Delaware County Common Pleas Court Wednesday.


A Delaware man was scheduled to change his plea Wednesday, but turned down the offer and instead chose to take the case to trial.

Roger Allen Madison, 48, of 33 Greenhedge Circle, Delaware, is currently charged with count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony; two counts of kidnapping, first-degree felonies; domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor and aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor. He is scheduled to stand trial on the charges on July 6.

However, on July 3 a change of plea hearing was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

At the change of plea hearing, Madison’s attorney, Todd Workman, said that Madison had changed his mind about the plea agreement with prosecutors and instead wanted to take the case to trial.

Workman detailed the terms of the plea agreement and said Madison would have pleaded guilty to one count of felonious assault and Workman and prosecutors would jointly recommend a two-year-prison sentence.

Madison then told Delaware County Common Pleas Judge David Gormley that Wednesday was the first time he had heard the conditions of the agreement.

Assistant County Prosecutor Andrew Bigler said that he had spoken to Workman about the case a number of times and listened to several jail calls between Madison and others and said that Madison was aware of the plea agreement and its terms.

Gormley said the trial will remain set for Thursday. Prosecutors previously estimated that it would take two days.

Delaware police report that during the early morning hours of Feb. 5, 2017, an officer was flagged down by a woman in the area of North Houk Road and West Central Avenue.

The woman needed medical attention and told police that her boyfriend, Madison, forced her to stay in her room at the Greenhedge Circle Home. The woman said Madison threatened to cut her into pieces and throw her into the pond and blocked the door when she tried to leave.

The victim reported that at one point, Madison pushed her to the ground and choked her to the point that she passed out. The victim said she was held for three hours.

Madison was arrested after the investigation and taken to the Delaware County Jail, where he is currently incarcerated.

At the arraignment in common pleas court, Gormley set Madison’s bond at $75,000 and scheduled him to stand trial on April 25. The trial was later delayed to June 1 and then delayed again to July 6.

At the arraignment, Gormley told Madison that for the kidnapping charges he could be sentenced to up to 11 years in prison, and could face another eight years for the felonious assault charge.

Madison in Delaware County Common Pleas Court Wednesday.
https://www.delgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2017/07/web1_DSC_0195.jpgMadison in Delaware County Common Pleas Court Wednesday.

By Glenn Battishill

gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.