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Man released from jail under ‘speedy trial’ law

Defendant to stay in Butler under pretrial supervision

January 23, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

Davion Johnson of Detroit, charged in armed burglary in West Sunbury.

Under a state law meant to ensure a speedy trial, a 19-year-old Detroit man is being released from jail after being held 180 days in Butler County Prison without a trial or guilty plea in his case.

Davion A. Johnson was arrested last summer on accusations he broke into a house and beat a woman who police suspected was high on crack cocaine.

Johnson is considered an “associate through drug use” of the victim, according to previous court testimony.

He faces a felony count of burglary as well as misdemeanor charges of simple assault, harassment, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Because of Rule 600(B), Johnson was granted release on pretrial supervision Wednesday by Judge William Shaffer. Since a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty, the rule is meant to ensure a defendant isn’t held for too long in jail before a trial or entering a guilty plea.

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