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Dates set for Salem murder trial

January 18, 2014
By DEANNE JOHNSON , Salem News

LISBON - Robert L. Harmony, the Salem man accused of murder in the stabbing death of 23-year-old Gerrod S. Lanzendorfer in November, appeared in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Friday to have dates set for his jury trial.

Time is quickly passing for the matter to be brought to trial. The jury trial was set for Feb. 4 with a status conference scheduled for Jan. 29.

So far no motions have been filed in the case, which would slow the process down. When asked by Judge C. Ashley Pike on Friday if any motions should be anticipated, defense attorney Fred Naragon replied not at this time.

Harmony, 45, East Fourth Street, Salem, has remained in custody since he was arrested the night of the alleged murder, to which he reportedly admitted and went to the Salem Police department.

Lanzendorfer, who was working as a bouncer at the Side Door Lounge, was found dead in the street near the business after closing on Nov. 13. According to police, Lanzendorfer's body was found to have defensive wounds on his hands, included in the 14 stab wounds eventually found on his body.

Detective David Talbert testified at a Columbiana County Municipal Court preliminary hearing regarding the murder that the Summit County Coroner's office in Akron determined a stab wound on the left side of Lanzendorfer's chest, near his heart, was the fatal injury.

Harmony faces an unclassified felony charge of murder with a potential sentence of 15 years to life.

djohnson@mojonews.com

 
 

 

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