Harmony on track, perhaps, for June 24 trial on murder charges

LISBON – About two weeks before Robert Harmony is scheduled for a jury trial on charges of aggravated murder and murder, attorneys on both sides of the case met Monday before Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge C. Ashley Pike to go over some anticipated issues.

Harmony, 45, East Fourth Street, Salem, is accused of stabbing to death Gerrod S. Lanzendorfer in the Nov. 13, who was working as a bouncer at the Side Door Lounge in Salem.

Both the defense attorneys and assistant county prosecutors in the case all noted the case has no resolution at this point and should proceed as scheduled on June 24.

The only issue which could delay that, according to Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble, may be the aggravated murder trial of Christopher Miller, who is accused in the bludgeoning death of Matthew Bailey. Miller’s trial is scheduled June 17 in the same courtroom, before Pike and with the same two prosecuting attorneys.

Gamble said he is concerned with 28 witnesses for the prosecution, Miller’s trial may take longer than a week.

Pike noted the court can only try one case at a time.

Both sides also discussed possible motions in the Harmony case. Defense attorney Fred Naragon asked about the numerous photos provided to the defense attorneys by CD and whether those will be presented to the jury electronically or by photograph.

Gamble said they would make a list of which specific ones will be used, noting some will be presented to the jury by a forensic pathologist scheduled to testify by way of a power point presentation, while others will be printed. He assured Naragon they would inform him which ones would be used.

Additionally, Gamble said the prosecutors will be filing a motion for jurors to view certain locations involving the alleged crime.