Attorney claims insanity for Hicks

A man who allegedly shot at law enforcement after he lit his rural Bellevue home on fire and watched it burn appeared in court Thursday morning.

During Lloyd V. Hicks’ appearance, his attorney, Jonathan Stotzer, filed pleas of not guilty by reason of insanity and not guilty to two counts of felonious assault, a first-degree felony, and one count each of aggravated arson, a first-degree felony, and abduction, a third-degree felony.

Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff then referred Hicks, 72, to a diagnostic center where he will be evaluated on the issues of competency and the proposed pleas.

Hicks had been scheduled to appear Thursday for an arraignment, but the court didn’t proceed with the hearing because of the Stotzer’s filings.

Hicks was arrested Sept. 5 after he allegedly lit his North CR 29 residence on fire after assaulting his wife and attempting to drag her back inside. He allegedly then shot at law enforcement as he sat behind the residence and watched it burn.

If convicted of the charges, Hicks could face up to 36 years in prison and a fine of up to $70,000, according to his indictment.

Hicks’ $1 million bond was continued Thursday.