Judge rejects Hartman’s bond request

Jerrod Hartman may not leave the state for business trips while his murder case is pending, a judge has ruled.

Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Niemeyer on Thursday declined Hartman’s request to leave the region.

Hartman, 24, of Findlay, has been free on a $250,000 bond since Nov. 18.

He faces an unclassified felony of murder and a second-degree felony charge of endangering children after the Oct. 28 death of his son, James Hartman.

Police have reported James Hartman, 44 days old, was found dead inside a home at 321 Third St. in Findlay after sustaining multiple blunt trauma. A Hancock County coroner’s report on Jan. 31 ruled the death a homicide.

Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Smith opposed the loosened bond request.

In a written motion, she said the number of trips and resources required to track Hartman amount to an “extraordinary request.”

Courier reporter Ryan Dunn will have more in Saturday’s newspaper.

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