Trucking Company Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Neyland, seen in court.
Neyland, seen in court.

BOWLING GREEN -- The man accused of killing two of his former co-workers at a Perrysburg Township trucking company had pleaded "not guilty" to murder charges.  Calvin Neyland, 43, appeared in Wood County Common Pleas Court for his arraignment on Wednesday.  If convicted, he could face the death penalty, or life in prison without parole.

Neyland entered the courtroom of Judge Robert Pollex shackled and chained, with extra officers guarding the court.  Neyland is accused of killing Douglas Smith and Thomas Lazar on August 8th Liberty Trucking in Perrysburg Township.  Authorities say the victims had just fired Neyland from working at Liberty as a driver and were shot to death.

As the request of prosecutors, Neyland remains behind bars without bond for specific reasons.  "The nature of the offense.  The fact he is facing potential death.  And also from the investigation that has been conducted, it appears he has no permanent address," said Gwen Howe-Gebers, the prosecutor.  "He has been wandering from motel to motel for some quite time."

When he was arrested, Neyland was found with a stolen Liberty truck at a motel in Monroe County, Michigan.  As they closed in, police say Neyland tried to drive off in the truck.  Officers took him into custody at gunpoint.  Investigators found a firearm in the pocket of the truck's door.

Neyland will be back in court October 23rd for a pre-trial hearing.  Count on News 11 to follow this case as it develops.

Posted by AEB