Probable Cause Found to Hold Messina Over for Trial
Published on March 19 2014 8:39 pm
Last Updated on March 20 2014 12:35 pm
Written by Greg Sapp
Probable cause has been found to hold a Windsor man over for trial on charges of first degree murder in Clark County.
19-year-old Thomas Messina faces three murder counts related to the January death of a Casey man in his home. Authorities found the body of Gregory Scott Collins while fighting a fire in his residence. Investigators have ruled the fire suspicious in nature.
During a Wednesday hearing, Messina's trial date was set for June 10, with a pre-trial hearing set on pending motions on April 23.
State's Attorney Dennis Simonton was granted the services of a special prosecutor to serve as Simonton's co-counsel during the trial.
Once the special prosecutor was granted, the defense asked for appointment of a special defense attorney to assist in Messina's defense. The judge asked for the order in writing, and said a ruling on the request will then be made.
Messina is being held in Clark County Jail on $500,000 bond.