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First on Indictment Hearings delayed due to Weather

Updated: Thursday, December 5 2013, 11:57 PM EST

By: Ryan Eldredge

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio --- Friday’s court proceedings for those indicted by the special grand jury reviewing the Steubenville teen rape case have been continued due to the threat of severe weather.


Appearances for all six defendants were scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6.


William and Hannah Rhinaman were scheduled to appear for pretrial hearings.


Recently indicted, Mike McVey, Matthew Bellardine, Seth Fluharty and Lynnett Gorman were all scheduled for their first appearance.


The legal counsel for each of the indicted filed a notice of appearance. Through that NEWS9 learned who is representing each defendant.


William Rhinaman is represented by Neil Rubin out of Cleveland.


Hannah Rhinaman is represented by Stephen Lamatrice of Steubenville.


Mike McVey is represented by Charles Bean of St. Clairsville.


Matt Belardine is represented by Brian Duncan and Adam Nemann of Columbus.


Lynnett Gorman is represented is represented by Dennis McNamara of Columbus.


Seth Fluharty is represented by Thomas Tyack of Columbus.


On Thursday night NEWS9 received a statement from the attorneys for Matt Belardine about the case and the continuance.


It reads as follows:


Although we understand and respect the decision of the Court to continue the arraignment, we are frustrated that the prosecution neglected to inform us of the same, although we arrived in Strubenville from Columbus this afternoon. We were ultimately advised as to the continuance by the media. The State fails to take into account the resources expended by our client in defending the underlying misdemeanor charges; however, I am certain our fees will in fact be minimal as compared to the hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars expended by the State throughout the grand jury process. We look forward to next week's arraignment so that our client can enter his not guilty plea. Further, we are eagerly awaiting the discovery responses from the prosecution to determine how the State justified indicting Mr. Belardine on 4 misdemeanor charges."


- Brian K. Duncan.   Co-counsel with Adam L. Nemann, attorneys for Matthew Belardine.  


Judge Patricia Cosgrove made the decision to continue Thursday afternoon.


All six cases are now scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13.


First on Indictment Hearings delayed due to Weather

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