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Defendants in 3 high-profile cases enter pleas

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ELYRIA — Three high-profile criminal defendants, including an Oberlin driver accused of crashing into a house and killing an Amherst Township woman, pleaded not guilty at their arraignments Wednesday.

Adrianna Young, 24, said nothing as a not guilty plea was entered on her behalf to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and possession of marijuana charges stemming from the July 28 crash that killed 34-year-old Debra Majkut.

The Ohio Highway Patrol said that Young’s 2002 Toyota Camry ran off state Route 58 and slammed into Majkut’s house, killing her and injuring Majkut’s  then-5-month-old son, Jaxon. Young later told troopers she swerved to avoid an animal, and her airbag deployed when she hit an embankment, causing her to be unable to see.

Also appearing Wednesday before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery was former attorney Michael W. Fine, whose attorneys pleaded not guilty on his behalf to updated charges in a case in which he is accused of hypnotizing legal clients for his own sexual gratification.

Fine, 58, surrendered his law license earlier this year before he was indicted on charges ranging from kidnapping to rape for allegedly putting six different women into trances and giving them sexual commands.

Fine fell under scrutiny last year after one of the women became concerned that she couldn’t recall everything that happened when she spoke with Fine and recorded conversations he had with her in which he allegedly used hypnosis on her and took them to law enforcement.

Fine had earlier pleaded not guilty to an earlier set of charges and is scheduled for trial next year.

Ronald Svec, a 74-year-old North Ridgeville man accused of fatally shooting his wife Nov. 6, also had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf during arraignments Wednesday.

Svec appeared via a video uplink with the Lorain County Jail, where he has been held since he allegedly shot 69-year-old Gloria Svec at the couple’s Jaycox Road home.

Defense attorney Kenneth Nelson has previously said his client acted in self defense when Gloria Svec came at him with a knife, a claim county Prosecutor Dennis Will has said isn’t backed up by the evidence in the case.


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