Fasline assault trial underway in Trumbull court

Staff report

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A jury trial began Tuesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court in the case against Francis Fasline, 22, of Wrenfield Drive, Hubbard, charged with felonious assault, failure to stop after an accident and tampering with evidence.

The charges stem from a car accident Sept. 29, 2012, outside of Michael’s Bar on North Main Street that injured James Capperes, 29, of Georgetown Street, Sharpsville, Pa.

If convicted on the charges, Fasline could get about 10 years in prison. He is represented by Atty. John B. Juhasz. The trial is in the courtroom of Judge Ronald Rice.

In his testimony, Capperes described the manner in which he was pinned against his car and knocked to the ground by the crash as he stood next to his car with the door open.

Capperes testified he doesn’t know whether the driver of the car tried to hit him on purpose.

But in a police report filed at the time of the crash, the woman with Capperes, Jamie Mullins-Capperes, said Fasline had hit Capperes on purpose after a dispute inside the bar.

Mullins-Capperes and Capperes told police they left the bar because Fasline had been threatening them. The accident occurred about 12:38 a.m.

Witnesses at the bar said Fasline had been asked to leave before the crash, according to a Hubbard police report.

Capperes suffered injuries to both legs as a result of Fasline’s car running over them, police said.

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