October 1, 2014

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Stabbing trial of Medina man is delayed

Dayshawn C. Wheeler

MEDINA — The trial of a Medina man who was on the U.S. Marshal Service’s most wanted list, accused of attempted murder, has been delayed almost two months.

Dayshawn C. Wheeler, 23, of 525 Birch Hill Drive, Apt. B7, was set for a Monday jury trial on five first-degree felonies: a count of attempted murder and two counts each of aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery.

His attorney, Mallory Holmes, filed a motion for continuance Wednesday, which delayed his trial to March 11.

Holmes did not immediately return a call for comment.

In addition to the five first-degree felonies, a Medina County grand jury on June 13 indicted Wheeler on three counts of second-degree felonious assault and two counts of tampering with evidence, which are third-degree felonies.

If convicted, he could face three to 10 years in prison for each first-degree felony, two to eight years for each second-degree felony and one to five years for each third-degree felony. Nine of Wheeler’s charges have firearm specifications, which could add an additional three years in prison to each charge.

The case is being heard by Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler.

Police said in June that Wheeler broke into a home at Hemlock Court Apartments in Brunswick on May 16, where he beat Tarome Boyd, 19, of Medina, with a semiautomatic handgun and stabbed Boyd in the back with the claw end of a hammer.

A neighboring resident of the apartment contacted police after Boyd, who was visiting a friend there, escaped to another unit, police said.

Boyd was taken to Medina Hospital and later to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland with a stab wound, broken ribs and a fractured skull.

Police offered no motive for the attack.

Wheeler eluded police custody for months and was placed on the U.S. Marshal Service’s most wanted list in August.

He turned himself in on Sept. 3 and pleaded not guilty on Sept. 13.

This is not Wheeler’s first time in court on felony charges.

In 2011, he spent six months in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree felony robbery, fifth-degree felony theft and first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence.

Two years earlier, he was sentenced to a month in jail after he pleaded guilty to crack cocaine possession, which is a fourth-degree felony, and resisting arrest, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Wheeler is being held without bond at the Medina County Jail.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.