Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Amato Update...

Amato to see psychiatrist
Staff Reports
POSTED: December 1, 2009

LISBON - A man awaiting trial for weapons charges and murder in the death of his wife has been granted permission to leave jail for an appointment with his psychiatrist on Wednesday.

Judge C. Ashley Pike of Columbiana County Common Pleas Court approved a motion for temporary release for Jack "J.C." Amato Jr., 37, of Wellsville, so he could see Dr. William Price at Price's East Liverpool office.

According to court documents, transportation will be provided by Amato's father or one of his defense attorneys.

Amato is scheduled to face trial on Jan. 19 for murder and having weapons under disability and on Feb. 9 for another count of having weapons under disability and a single count of possession of a dangerous ordinance.

He was charged in February 2008 for the July 1, 2007, shooting death of his wife, Tonia, at their home at 1200 Commerce St., Wellsville., claiming he shot her in self-defense after she fired a gun at him first. He had been released from jail on a $100,000 cash or surety bond after being served with the indictment, with the requirement that he stay at his father's Irondale residence under house arrest.

He ended up back in jail in September 2008 after investigators executing a search warrant at the Irondale house allegedly found weapons and explosives in the room where he was staying. An additional indictment was issued against him and he has remained in jail for the bond on those charges.

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