Man can stand trial

A man who allegedly shot at law enforcement after he lit his rural Bellevue home on fire in September has been found competent to stand trial.

According to court documents, Lloyd V. Hicks, 72, recently was found competent to stand trial in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom. After being found competent, Hicks then withdrew his pleas of not guilty by reason of insanity 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, and entered pleas of not guilty.

A court spokeswoman said Thursday a trial date has not been set for Hicks, but a plea hearing and motion to suppress hearing is scheduled for March 31.

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.