MIAMI COUNTY — In Miami County Common Pleas Court, a Troy man rejected a plea agreement and proceeded with a jury trial on Wednesday.
Michael Cable, 28, appeared in Judge Christopher Gee’s court on a grand jury indictment charging him with first-degree felony aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.
Cable is currently incarcerated at the Miami County Jail on theft and drug-related charges from a separate, unrelated case.
The home invasion and robbery reportedly took place on the 900 block of South Street in Piqua on Oct. 28, 2014. According to Piqua police reports, a call came in that two people had forcefully entered a home and were armed with a gun and a box cutter.
Matthew Barbato, Cable’s defense attorney, said his client is not guilty due to careless evidence collection by police officers. Barbato also said in opening statements that the description of the alleged attacker does not match Cable’s build or weight. Cable also has an alibi that he was at his father’s home the evening of the incident, which Barbato said will come to light during the trial.
Miami County Assistant Prosecutor Janna Parker said DNA evidence from duct tape on the hands and fingers of one of the alleged assailants matched Cable’s in a national criminal database. Four pieces of duct tape were recovered at the scene. The witnesses stated the alleged assailants had masks, bandanas and duct tape on their hands at the time of the burglary.
Ryan Sheppard, of Piqua, the alleged victim, suffered a laceration that cut through two layers of skin on his chest and also suffered a cut on the back of his head from a pistol type of weapon.
Testimony was heard from Piqua Police Department’s Sean Stein, who testified he was at the scene, helped collect evidence and spoke to the witnesses following the incident.
MacKenzie Leonard, 25, of Troy, was a roommate of the victim and was in her bedroom at the time of the break-in. Leonard was working as a prostitute for money at time of the incident. She said she thought her refrigerator had fallen over before a subject came in her room and asked for phones, money and drugs. She and her client, Ron, were ordered into Sheppard’s room. Leonard said she saw someone attacking Sheppard on the bedroom floor before they fled. Leonard is currently servicing a prison sentence on drug charges.
Leonard said she knew Cable through an acquaintance, but confirmed Cable had never been to her apartment prior to the incident.
The jury trial is scheduled to continue through Friday.
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