UPDATE: Trial date set for Findlay man on murder charge

A trial date has been announced for Jerrod Hartman, the Findlay man charged with murder in his infant son’s death.

Hartman, 24, scheduled an Aug. 4 jury trial during a brief Thursday hearing in Hancock County Common Pleas Court.

Hartman is charged with an unclassified felony of murder and a second-degree felony of endangering children after the Oct. 28 death of his son, James Hartman.

Police had reported James Hartman, 44 days old, was found dead inside the home of 321 Third St. in Findlay after sustaining multiple blunt force trauma.

Jerrod Hartman has pleaded not guilty to all charges and remains free on $250,000 bond.

Hartman’s attorney recently filed a motion to loosen bond restrictions.

Hartman, who is employed by his father’s Hancock County company, asked Judge Joseph Niemeyer allow him to leave Ohio for business trips, according to the court filing.

If permitted to do so, Hartman further requested the waiving of an 8 p.m. curfew and in-person check-ins during such trips, according to the filing.

Hartman also asked he be allowed to spend time alone with his brother and visit his father on weekends in Michigan, according to the filing.

There are 14 industry events scheduled this year outside of Findlay, according to his father, Matthew Hartman, who employs his son at Tour de Force CRM.

“It would be an extreme economic hardship on the company if Jerrod were not able to attend these events,” Matthew Hartman wrote in his affidavit.

Training a replacement would require about six to nine months, Matthew Hartman wrote.

Judge Niemeyer said he will make a ruling after receiving additional information from both attorneys.

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