Murder Charges Dropped

Murder charges are formally dropped against Anthony’s client Andrew Lorenzana!

From the Chronicle Telegram:

Murder charges dropped in Lorain shooting

ELYRIA — Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped murder charges against two Lorain men accused in a February shooting even though police say they remain suspects in the case.

Avery Taylor, 19, and Andrew Lorenzana, 20, had been accused of gunning down Christopher Lundberg, 35, on Feb. 3 near the intersection of West 29th Street and Ashland Avenue in Lorain in what police described as a drug buy gone bad. Lundberg died the next day from his wounds.

The pair was arrested later that day and charged with murder in Lorain Municipal Court after Lundberg died. They agreed to waive preliminary hearings, which would have forced prosecutors to lay out some of the evidence against them, in exchange for $50,000 bonds. Their case was sent to county prosecutors to present to a grand jury, but that never happened.

Lorain police Sgt. Mark Carpentiere said Lorenzana and Taylor are still suspects and the case remains under investigation. Prosecutors did not return calls seeking comment.

Taylor’s attorney, Mike Camera, said his client was pleased by the decision to drop the charges against him, but is aware that he could be charged again.

“I believe they dismissed the case to give themselves more time to gather evidence,” Camera said.

Taylor and Lorenzana have both faced additional criminal charges since they were released on bond earlier this year. Both were on GPS monitoring devices when they were accused of taking part in a May 10 home invasion in which a Sheffield Township woman told police she was held at gunpoint while robbers searched her house for crack cocaine and guns.

The woman later identified Taylor and Lorenzana as the robbers, but the GPS device he was wearing cleared Lorenzana a few days later when it showed he was across town at the time of the robbery.

During trial earlier this year, Taylor’s GPS device showed him near the house, but never showed him inside the building. It took a jury an hour to clear him of charges in that case.

Both Taylor and Lorenzana also are facing unrelated misdemeanor charges in Lorain Municipal Court.

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Appearing on “Best Defense” as Guest of Tru TV’s Ron Kuby!

On Friday October 23, 2009, Anthony again appeared live on Tru TV’s (f.k.a. Court TV) “Best Defense” program as a guest of Internationally reknown Trial Lawyer Ron Kuby.  Rich discussed several aspects of an appeal  pending in the Ohio Supreme Court captioned State v. Speer in which he acted as Trial Counsel.  Speer was found not guilty of Aggravated Murder and Murder but was convicted of lesser included offenses.  Those convictions were later overturned.  Videos will be posted soon!

This was the third time Anthony appeared live as a guest analyst and commentator on Court TV.  He was previously the guest of Ashleigh Banfield on “Open Court” and was also invited to speak at length with Jami Floyd.

Anthony asked to Defend Young Man in “Emeril” Case!

On June 25, 2009, Attorney  J. Anthony Rich, was requested by the State to defend one of the four young men accused of burglarizing the home of the local Honorable Judge David A. Basinski, while his wife was at home.  Rich represents William Q. Brown-Nettles.

The case garnered national attention when Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse learned the occupant of the home “bammed” Rich’s client with one of his signature sauce pans.  Lagasse sent her a new set of cookware.

A trial date has not been set.