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New trial sought for man who shot Joe Kaluza

Published: Wed, May 12, 2010 @ 5:22 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The trial of Taran Helms in the shooting that paralyzed KFC manager Joe Kaluza just before he was robbed should have been moved to another county due to excessive pre-trial publicity, Helms’ lawyer told the 7th District Court of Appeals.

“The press coverage continued on up to the trial ... and re-emerged when the trial started,” Helms’ lawyer, Gary L. VanBrocklin, told the three-judge panel during oral arguments today.

The confession of co-defendant Hattie Gilbert and the Western Reserve Transit Authority bus video of the staged crash that preceded the March 24, 2008, shooting and robbery received repeated media coverage, Van Brocklin noted.

Many jurors “had to have seen more than they said they saw” concerning the case when they were interviewed during jury selection, Van Brocklin said. “It’s impossible not to have heard of this case in this county,” said Van Brocklin, who called for reversal of Helms’ conviction and a new trial.

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1yeahright(20 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

So, who'se going to give Joe and his family a second chance? Nothing can reverse the damage done to them, but the courts may give the SCUMBAG a second chance to ruin others lives.

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2Nunya22(315 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

I guess he wants to blame all this on Hattie. He need to just do his punishment and face the fact he messed up and didn't have to shoot him.

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3dailytruck(10 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

you know what...screw that scumbag...give him a new trial and then give him some new prison time !!!!!

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4paulydel(1598 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Guilty is guilty. They are just trying to get him off on a technicality.

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5Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

What a waste of time,money and space for this low life. Keep him caged up.

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6havinmysay(155 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

The two of them were tried at the same time. How could one get a fair trial and the other not?

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7Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago


Knowing how things go Gary L. VanBrocklin is just chiseling a buck and he knows no way he get's that indefensible savage off the hook he's hung himself on. If he's on the taxpayer payroll as a public defender or anyway subsidized there of he's a mooch.

So being as fair minded as they come I'd support granting a new trial. But only if the trial can't be moved anywhere in Trumbull county. Along with the death penalty is a condition of the re litigation. To include upon re-conviction said execution can be ordered on such a fast track expediency that can have it carried out in 12 months.

Every time I think of that senselessly savage act my blood boils. That man was trying to make an honest living and nothing due some worthless tool but to plot on accosting him.

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8Yankeegirl(2 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

I think this is nuts.I have to agree another trial for one but not the other..come on SHUT UP and let the worthless piece of garbage rott in hell! What they did to that poor man and his family is in no way "fair" but lets treat that scum better. What the heck.

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9igotsomethintosay(31 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

So let's waste some more taxpayers money. Does Joe get a second chance? Does his family? Our legal system is seriously a joke at times!

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10walter_sobchak(2674 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

So, let me get this straight. The only way that you would bequalified to sit on a jury is if you don't watch TV, listen to the radio, look at the internet news, read newspapers and magazines. In other words, be a totally uninformed, uneduacted, uncaring idiot. Only then can you sit on a jury. What a joke! I honestly don't know how the majority of lawyers can look themselves in the mirror while shaving and not want to slit their throat.

What's the difference between a dead rat and a dead lawyer in the middle of the road?

The dead rat has skid marks in front of it!

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