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Reardon pretrial hearing postponed to April

CLEVELAND — Attorneys for James P. Reardon, who is charged with making threats toward the Jewish Community Center in Youngstown, asked that a final pretrial hearing that was scheduled for today be delayed.

U.S. District Court Judge Patricia Gaughan responded quickly, setting the pretrial hearing 10:30 a.m. April 7. Reardon’s trial is now 9 a.m. April 21. Reardon, 20, is from New Middletown.

Defense attorney Ross Smith of Youngstown cited the “voluminous amount” of pretrial evidence involved in the case as a reason for pushing the case back. More time is also needed to continue to work toward a plea agreement, the filing says.

Judge Gaughan has not yet ruled on defense motions asking her to ban certain evidence in the case, such as evidence that Reardon participated in an August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Reardon is charged with transmitting an interstate communication threat and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Authorities were alerted of a video post Reardon allegedly made on social media site Instagram. In the July 11 video, Reardon is seen holding a rifle in multiple firing positions with audio of gunshots and sound effects of sirens and people screaming in the background.

The Instagram video is captioned: “the police have identified the shooter of the Youngstown Jewish Family Community Center as local white nationalist Seamus O’Rearedon” — Seamus being a Gaelic version of the name James.

erunyan@tribtoday.com

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