UHRICHSVILLE -- The case against a Newcomerstown man accused of fatally beating his mother with a hammer and seriously injuring his sister has been bound over to the Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court after the defendant waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Charles A. Plants, 30, is facing one count of murder in the death of his mother, Jane Davis, 53, and one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, for the assault on his 31-year-old sister, Cynthia Smith.
Plants waived his right to the preliminary hearing during a hearing Tuesday in the Tuscarawas County Southern District Court.
By waiving his right to the hearing, Plants did not force prosecutors to reveal what evidence they have against him.
The attack that claimed the life of Davis and seriously injured Smith occurred on July 22 at the family's Nugent Street home in Newcomerstown.
Davis was pronounced dead at the scene while Smith was initially hospitalized in critical condition. Smith was later released from the hospital after her condition improved.
Plants was arrested several hours later in a field near Newcomerstown following a manhunt by authorities.
Police said Smith reported the attack, advising her brother (Plants) "flipped out" and assaulted her.
Bond for Plants was previously set by Judge Brad Hillyer at $1 million.
Results of an autopsy conducted on Davis have not been released by authorities.
Plants remained incarcerated in the Tuscarawas County jail awaiting his trial.