Trial suspended until Monday

Staff report


The trial of an Ohio State Penitentiary inmate for the attempted murder of two corrections officers and felonious assault against three other corrections officers has been suspended until Monday, because the inmate is on hunger strike and the prison staff is concerned about his health.

Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court sent the jury home and suspended the trial of Cornelius Harris, 30, who is representing himself.

The judge took the action Monday after a prison official told her Harris was on hunger strike, has refused to let prison medical staff check his vital signs, and might be moved to the Franklin Medical Center in Columbus.

The attempted murder charges date back to Dec. 30, 2008, and July 18, 2009, and the felonious assault charges date back to Nov. 27, 2009.

In the second attempted- murder case and in the felonious assaults, Harris is charged with possession of a deadly weapon (a knife) while under detention.

Harris is serving 60 years and three months in prison for aggravated robbery, felonious assault, and vandalism with a firearm specification and a judicial sanction originating from Hamilton County.

If he is convicted of all charges for which he is on trial here and given maximum, consecutive sentences for them, Harris could get an additional 66 years in prison.

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