CUYAHOGA FALLS — The trial scheduled later this month of a Maple Heights man charged in the shooting death of an Americana Drive man last August is expected to move forward as planned.
Tiffany Morrison, bailiff for Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tammy O'Brien, said the March 26 start date was confirmed during 66-year-old Edward Piechowiak's final pretrial hearing on Thursday.
Neighbors of Kevin Tiearney, 32, called 911 after they reported hearing gunshots in the Water’s Edge apartment complex off Wyoga Lake Road at about 9:30 a.m. Aug. 2 and Tiearney was found shot in the back inside his apartment.
Police said that Piechowiak, who is the grandfather of Tiearney's child, was identified as a suspect during an investigation and he turned himself in Aug. 10. Friends and family of Tiearney’s say that Tiearney, a 2004 Nordonia High School graduate, had previously been in a relationship with Piechowiak’s daughter, but was engaged to another woman at the time of his death. Police have declined to identify a possible motive for the shooting.
Piechowiak is being held in Summit County Jail on a 10 percent of $750,000 bond.
In late August, a Summit County grand jury indicted Piechowiak with aggravated murder and murder, both special felonies, second-degree felony assault and three counts of third-degree felony tampering with evidence.
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