Audrey Cole murder trial scheduled to begin Dec. 6

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Audrey Branch (CCM files)

The jury trial of Audrey Cole, also known as Audrey Branch, is scheduled to begin Dec. 6 in Carroll County Common Pleas Court. 

Cole, 34, has been held in the county jail since being charged with murder and felonious assault in the May 3 shooting death of Matthew Michael Mott, with whom she resided, at 6344 Arbor Rd. NE, Mechanicstown.

Cole is represented by Attorney April Campbell and Atty. Chase Mallory.

County Prosecutor Steven D. Barnett and Assistant Prosecutor Mike Roth will present the state’s case.

As of press time Nov. 29, the state’s witness list included 11 names: Erica Armstrong, MD, of the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office, Josie Day, Calvin Graham, Erik Licht and James Martin, all Sheriff’s Dept. personnel, Larry Hootman, David Miller, Nicole Rivera and Michael Roberts, all from the Richfield BCI & I office, Ed Lulla of the Youngston BCI & I office, and Investigator Richard Stauffer of the Prosecutor’s office.

The defense had not provided a list of witnesses.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday with a pool of 65 prospective jurors. Five days are set aside for the trial. 

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