Clermont Co. Standoff suspect pleads ‘not guilty,’ gets new lawyers connected to Pike Co. massacre case

Wade Winn appears in court

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The man accused of shooting and killing a Clermont County detective, wounding another, and shooting at multiple other officers, pleaded not guilty to all charges Wednesday.

Winn is also now being represented by a new legal team familiar with high profile cases in the Tri-State.

Wade Winn, 23, faces 14 counts including aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder. Counts one and two are in reference to the aggravated murder, counts three through 14 are in reference to attempted aggravated murder charges.

A grand jury indicted Winn on the charges Tuesday afternoon.

Winn is accused of shooting and killing Detective Bill Brewer Feb. 2 during a 12-hour standoff, shooting and injuring Lt. Nick DeRose. He faces charges for firing shots at six other officers during the standoff.

Earlier this month, Clermont County prosecutors said in court they planned to seek the death penalty.

At that time, bond was set at $10 million.

Wednesday afternoon, Clermont County Prosecutor Vince Faris requested that no bond be set for Winn considering the capital offenses he faces. Judge Anthony W. Brock agreed to the request.

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Posted by FOX19 on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wade also received new attorneys Wednesday. Public Defender Stephen Haynes recused himself and his staff from the case citing multiple conflicts.

Haynes said a member of his staff offered legal advise to a victim in the shooting and foresaw more conflicts if they were to stay on the case.

Judge Brock agreed to the recusal and to the appointment of attorneys Gregory Myers and William Moody to Winn’s defense team.

If those names sound familiar, there’s a good reason why -- Myers and Moody are also representing all four Wagner family members accused of brutally murdering eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County in April 2016.

Winn heard all charges read out loud during Wednesday’s arraignment. He faces the possibility of life in prison, decades in prison with or without the possibility of parole and death.

The 14 counts Winn faces involve actions against seven different officers and Detective Brewer.

Judge Brock touched on a number of different scenarios that could potentially be seen as conflicts of interest:

  • Though as far as Brock could see Brewer was never assigned to the detail, Clermont County officers provide security and transportation for the courthouse.
  • The entire court staff was given Thursday and Friday off to attend Detective Brewer’s services -- Judge Brock did not attend so that it would not cause conflict with his appointment to the case.
  • An email was sent to courthouse staff by an employee asking for donations for flowers to present to the Brewer family -- Judge Brock contributed 20 dollars. The email chain will be released to both the defense and prosecuting attorneys.
  • An officer who is listed as a victim in multiple charges is a former acquaintance of Judge Brock’s when the two played basketball together at a gym in their spare time years ago. Brock says they have never socialized in any other setting.

Judge Brock also addressed his indirect contact with Detective Brewer’s widow. He said he asked that she be contacted to find out if she would like to request that she not be captured on camera if she chose to attend any of the court proceedings.

Brock also said he asked Mrs. Brewer if she had a problem with the court referring to her as an ‘alleged victim’ in the case in order to avoid language that is prejudicial to Winn. She said she understood and did not have a problem with it.

Before court adjourned, Faris requested a gag order be imposed in order to not taint potential jury members throughout Clermont County because the case is of high interest. Judge Brock agreed to this request.

Winn is scheduled to next appear in court Feb. 28 at 1 p.m for a pretrial conference.

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