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Osborne to undergo competency evaluation

Steven Andrew Osborne

MARIETTA — The Little Hocking man indicted for the attempted murder of Devon Ours will next be evaluated for competency to stand trial.

Steven Andrew Osborne, 19, of 529 Federal Road, appeared from the Washington County Jail on Friday for a bond and arraignment hearing in Washington County Common Pleas Court.

Osborne is one of three defendants, two adults and a minor, charged in the attack upon Ours, of Marietta, which officials say occurred on Feb. 12.

Osborne faces four felony counts with two gun specifications assigned to the highest felonies of attempted murder (first degree) and felonious assault (second degree).

The remaining charges include tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony rooted in a June 26, 2020, Tennessee incident of an alleged aggravated assault, also a felony according to Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi.

Judge Mark Kerenyi presides over the hearing. (Screen Grab)

Kerenyi presided Friday with defense attorney George Cosenza, Prosecutor Nicole Coil and Assistant Prosecutor David Silwani all appearing via video from the courtroom with a partially-filled gallery sitting on the defense side of the courtroom behind the wooden barrier.

Cosenza entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, triggering the next step: a competency evaluation and subsequent hearing on that evaluation to determine if Osborne is fit to stand trial.

Osborne was indicted following a meeting of the Washington County Grand Jury, during the third week of February, with the announcement coming five days after the incident which put Ours in critical medical condition and fighting for his life.

While trial dates were scheduled by Kerenyi on Friday for Osborne, they were made with the acknowledgment by all parties that continuances are expected in the case not only due to the complexity of combination with the other defendants but also due to the added time of competency proceedings.

Osborne’s $500,000 bond imposed by Marietta Municipal Court was affirmed by Kerenyi.

Janelle Patterson may be reached at jpatterson@mariettatimes.com.

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