By RYAN DUNN
In a report released Monday, the Hancock County coroner ruled Joe Gutierrez III’s death last fall was a homicide.
Gutierrez, 34, of Findlay, died minutes after he was shot multiple times on Nov. 8 in Findlay, according to a report from Dr. Mark Fox.
Tests showed Gutierrez had cocaine in his body and a blood alcohol content of 0.19, Fox said.
Also on Monday, one of the two men charged with murder in Gutierrez’s death appeared in Hancock County Common Pleas Court for a brief pretrial hearing.
A jury trial was scheduled for Ralph G. Harris III, 20, of Findlay, on April 7.
His co-defendant, Montre O. Robinson, 21, of Findlay, has a planned May 12 jury trial.
Findlay police have said Gutierrez was shot after exiting a vehicle at the intersection of East Foulke and Crystal avenues.
Police arrested Harris and Robinson on drug charges during a traffic stop about 20 hours after the shooting, according to the department.
The two men were found in an Oldsmobile with about $3,000 in cash and a change of clothes, according to police.
The murder charges are unclassified felonies and allege the shooting occurred from a vehicle.
Harris also was indicted on four counts of possession of hydrocodone, oxycodone and cocaine after the traffic stop. Robinson was charged with possessing oxycodone.
The men have pleaded not guilty to all charges and remain in jail on $1 million bonds. Both cases are before Judge Joseph Niemeyer.
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