July 23, 2016

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Robbery trial delayed for Brunswick man also suspected in mother’s killing

CLEVELAND — A judge has postponed the trial of a Brunswick man, who’s charged with robbery in Cuyahoga County and is a suspect in the killing of his mother in Medina County.

James D. Tench, 27, is not charged in the November death of his 55-year-old mother, Mary Tench.

“The investigation is still being conducted,” Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman said. “We’re working the case.”

James Tench

James Tench

Mary Tench was reported missing about 3 a.m. Nov. 12 and was found that afternoon in a parking lot off Carquest Drive, less than a mile south of the 758 Camden Lane home she shared with her son in Brunswick.

Medina County Coroner Dr. Neil Grabenstetter said she sustained skull fractures and blunt trauma to her head and neck and ruled her death a homicide.

Two days after Mary Tench’s death, Brunswick police turned her son over to Strongsville police in connection with a robbery.

James Tench faces four kidnapping charges and two aggravated robbery charges for his alleged role in an Oct. 28 robbery at the Old Carolina Barbecue on Pearl Road in Strongsville.

Strongsville police said the kidnapping charges were levied against him because he held people at the restaurant against their will at gunpoint.

Tench is being held at the Cuyahoga County Jail on $2 million bond.

His robbery trial was delayed because of scheduling conflicts, according to court records. A new date has not been set.

If convicted in that case, Tench could spend more than 11 years in prison.

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

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.