The man suspected in a string of 24 highway shootings was allowed to skip his first court appearance since arriving back in Ohio last weekend. Twenty-eight-year-old Charles A- McCoy Junior is charged with felonious assault in the December 15th shooting of a house on Columbus' south side. Prosecutors had argued the shootings were so serious that McCoy should have been required to appear in public to answer the charge against him. But Franklin County Municipal Judge Ted Barrows disagreed and let McCoy waive an appearance. McCoy's lawyers did not ask for bond to be set at today's hearing. Sheriff's officials say McCoy is being held in a single cell at the county jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 30th.