ELYRIA — A Lorain County judge has denied a motion to reduce a Lorain man’s bond in connection to a shooting in Avon.
Joshua Avalos, 29, was indicted on charges of attempted murder, felonious assault and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, along with other charges, in connection with the April 2017 shooting.
On Thursday, Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski denied a motion filed on Avalos’ behalf requesting a reduction in bond. Avalos has been in Lorain County Jail since the incident on $500,000 bond.
In the ruling, Betleksi said the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office reported Avalos has been taking different medication since mid-February and “his behavior at the county jail has improved.”
“(The) court cannot discount, however, statements defendant had made at the time of the alleged crimes and since his arrest,” Betleski said in the ruling. “In addition, the court cannot discount the seriousness of the charges herein, the fact that a recently purchased firearm was allegedly utilized and the weight of evidence against (the) defendant.”
Betleski also wrote that he recognized that if Avalos was released from jail, he would be residing with the same people he was living with at the time of the alleged offenses.
According to police, Avalos went to Technifab on Chester Road in Avon about 8:30 a.m. April 27 and opened fire on 37-year-old Kevin Fenderson in the parking lot, hitting him in the back.
The wounded Fenderson was able to get into his car and drive out the parking lot, pursued by Avalos, police have said. The chase, which drew numerous 911 calls, ended in a crash at Colorado and Carleen avenues.
Brittany Avalos, who described herself as Joshua Avalos’ “soon-to-be ex” in a 911 call, told law enforcement that Fenderson was a friend.
On Wednesday, Avalos was deemed competent to stand trial after a second psychiatric evaluation was conducted on him to determine his competency as to his mental condition at the time of the offenses.
A jury trial on the case has been scheduled for Sept. 18 in Betleski’s courtroom.
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