Lawyer for Miami County man accused of killing wife seeks sanity exam

Randy Albert Freels

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Randy Albert Freels

TROY – The lawyer for a Union Twp. man charged in the January murder of his wife asked a Miami County judge Thursday to order evaluations to determine his competency to stand trial and his sanity at the time of the death.

Randy Freels, 57, has pleaded not guilty in Common Pleas Court to murder and other felony indictments in the Jan. 12 shooting death of Samantha Freels, 52.

Samantha Freels’ body was found in her car, which had gone off Ohio 55 near West Milton during an afternoon snow storm. Investigators initially thought the death could be from a weather-related accident until a fresh bullet hole was found in the car.

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In the motion filed Thursday, March 15, public defender Jack Hemm wrote that from observations and attempted conversations with Randy Freels “it has become evident that there is at least some question regarding (his) ability to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings and to assist in his defense.”

In addition, Hemm asked for the evaluation to determine Freels’ mental condition at the time of his alleged offenses.

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Freels also faces charges of tampering with evidence, improper discharge of a firearm and felonious assault along with three firearm specifications.

He is being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

A jury trial is scheduled for April 17 before Judge Jeannine Pratt.

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