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Visiting judge appointed in Dellick case

Published: Sat, February 15, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

Staff report


The state Supreme Court appointed a retired common pleas court judge Friday to hear the case against John Dellick, son of Judge Theresa Dellick of Mahoning County Juvenile Court.

Michael Nunner, a retired judge from Harrison County, was appointed to hear the case against the 19-year-old Dellick in common pleas court.

The court’s judges asked for a visiting judge because of a potential conflict of interest.

Dellick faces charges of kidnapping and abduction, both felonies, and a misdemeanor count of assault as well as two counts of felonious assault, a second-degree felony; two counts of ethnic intimidation, a fifth-degree felony; and two misdemeanor counts of aggravated menacing.

The kidnapping, abduction and assault charges stem from an incident in July with an ex-girlfriend in Canfield.

The other charges stem from a road-rage incident in October and originally were leveled as other offenses in county court in Canfield. In that case, Judge Scott Hunter stepped down because of a potential conflict of interest, and Nunner was appointed to hear the case.

Prosecutors from the state attorney general’s office in that case then dropped those charges and presented their evidence to a grand jury, which indicted Dellick on the more-serious charges last month. Court records show a March 7 pretrial hearing has been scheduled for that case.

Dellick also faces misdemeanor charges in Youngstown Municipal Court. He is accused of threatening the same ex-girlfriend at Youngstown State University last fall. He has a hearing on those charges Wednesday.


1Bevan(7 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

First and foremost I want to applaud the young woman who persisted in standing up to Dellick's escalating assaults. Many females--from teenaged girlfriends to many-yeared wives--have died at the hands of angry, possessive males who intimidated and abused them verbally, physically, mentally, and sexually. Read today's report of a poor woman who finally snapped and stabbed her partner to death, in shock that it wasn't she herself who ended up in a body bag, after years of receiving abuse.

It took enormous courage and strength of character to stand up against Dellick, protected as he was by his mother's position in the judicial system and her absolute denial of the danger he posed, the harm his intimidation and threats caused other members of society. She is lucky that the escalating, empowered-by-refusal-to-constrain rage her son exhibited did not end in a more ugly tragedy, with a death sentence for that son as well. Did she even flinch when she read about the Sandy Hook shooting of the troubled boy's mother as prelude to his assassination of innocent children? In that case, as in this, the troubled boy's mother blindly defended and no doubt rationalized his evident erratic and anti-social behavior. Instead of owning the problem and seeking help for him that might have prevented the horrible outcome. She herself might be alive today had she been courageous enough to seek help instead of ignoring all the warning signs. Thank God the justice system now has access to and some authority about the fate of young Dellick--and the community is safer because of it.

And thank you, young lady, for your courage that may save more lives than you can now imagine.

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2kensgirl(764 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Well said. Now let's hope he gets the help he desperately needs.

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