Alleged perpetrators of an anti-gay crime on or near University of Cincinnati’s campus will be before a judge again soon. The first alleged perpetrator, Ethan Kirkwood, has a pre-trial date of April 2, in front of Judge Fanon A. Rucker. Most of the court documents are locked for Kirkwood’s case due to “potentially sensitive information,” but two warrants were issued for Kirkwood on March 8, and bond was posted on March 11, by Kathleen A. Kirkwood in the amount of $2545 for each of the charges. Kirkwood was also assigned a public defender on March 11. On March 20, felonious assault charges were dropped down to two charges of misdemeanor assault, and Kirkwood entered a plea. That plea is currently not known due to the fact that these documents are currently locked.
The second alleged perpetrator, Matthew Kafagolis, will sit in front of Judge David C. Stockdale on April 8, for a non-jury trial. Most of the court documents for Kafagolis are locked due to “potentially sensitive information,” but on March 8, two warrants were issued. On March 12, Kafagolis was arrested and then charged on March 13. On March 14, bond was paid for 10 percent of the amount for $545 for each charge by Julie E. Martin. On March 14, Kafagolis was issued a public defender.