8/15/14 – 4:59 A.M.
The Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office is appealing a judges ruling about evidence in a drug case. The Courier reports the 3rd District Court of Appeals will decide if a state patrol officer could indeed smell marijuana in a car on November 18 of last year. Sgts. Michael Walter and Kurt Beidelschies said they smelled marijuana soon after approaching Trenton Shuttlesworth’s car window last fall. A search of the car led to the discovery of more than 1,000 painkillers.
Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson tossed out the pills from the evidence in June. Routson said he didn’t think Beidelschies could smell marijuana six seconds after meeting Shuttlesworth. He added the trooper should have gotten a warrant.
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