Past confrontations will not be admitted in Jobe trial - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Past confrontations will not be admitted in Jobe trial

TOLEDO -- Previous confrontations against a defendant and the police can not be brought up in his murder trial, a judge ruled Friday.

On February 21st, 2007, Toledo police say 15 year-old Robert Jobe shot and killed detective Keith Dressel.

Dressel and two other undercover officers caught Jobe breaking curfew.

Jobe's attorneys say the teen didn't know Dressel was a cop and thought Dressel was trying to rob him. The boy even confessed to firing his gun during a struggle.

But according to prosecutors, Jobe's past with police led up to this shooting. They say he elbowed a female cop in the face to avoid arrest when coming out of a known drug house in September of 2006. In December, they say Jobe fought with more officers after they tried to question him about shots fired.

Now the judge ruled those previous conflicts can't come into play during trial, saying they don't predict Jobe's actions and would only cause a jury to look at him as a sociopath.

But Jobe's attorneys don't see this as a win, saying this ruling might change during the course of the trial. Defense attorney David Klucas said, "Everybody involved thinks they know what the expected evidence is. But until the testimony actually occurs and the evidence is actually presented, that's when you really know what the evidence is going to be."

Prosecutors didn't want to comment on the ruling.  Jury selection starts October 29th. The judge must still rule on the defense's request to move the trial out of Lucas County.

Jobe's attorneys had filed a motion to move Jobe's trial out of Lucas County. The motion came less than two weeks before jury selection was scheduled to begin.

Jobe's attorneys say there has been too much pre-trial publicity on the case, and that it jeopardizes their client's chance for a fair trial.

If convicted, Jobe could be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for the February shooting death of detective Keith Dressel.

Updated by LS

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