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Last updated 12:04PM ET
July 20, 2018
WOUB Local News
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Robert Wiles trial is underway
(WOUB) - Testimony is underway in the trial of a former Ross County township Trustee who is accused of shooting the mother of his great-grandchild on Memorial Day in 2006.

71-year-old Robert Wiles fired two gunshots at Kimberly McNeal during a domestic dispute over McNeal's daughter, who had been staying at the Wiles residence.

Defense Attorney James Boulger said that Wiles was trying to protect the child from McNeal, but Assistant Prosecutor Matt Schmidt told the jury that Wiles did not like McNeal and tried to kill her.

The impact of drugs in the whole situation was raised when McNeal's boyfriend at the time, James Wiles, described the "disturbed, zombie-like behavior" of his grandfather that day.

Wiles faces a maximum 10-year prison term on the attempted murder charge and another 8 years for the assault charge if convicted.
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