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Man Tries to Flee Judge's Order


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William L. Schneiter booking photo 9-8-2021


The afternoon of September 08 Associate Circuit Court was taking place on the 3rd floor of the Livingston County Courthouse.  A Chillicothe Police Officer was there for Municipal Court and a deputy was there for Associate Court.

William L. Schneiter, 60, Dawn, was in court but on bond for 2 alleged class D felony Possession of Controlled Substance violations.  Judge Leamer directed Mr. Schneiter to submit to a drug screen urine test.  The officers escorted Mr. Schneiter to the restroom but reported he would not comply.  Mr. Schneiter was directed to a seat in the court room to give him time to cooperate with the test. 

Court was continuing with another case when suddenly Mr. Schneiter reportedly created a disturbance in the court room and fled the court with Chief Deputy Michael Claypole chasing him.  Mr. Schneiter knew he was being arrested and still made it to the 1st floor of the court house where he ran into the loving arms of Deputy Jay Shirley who was assigned courthouse security yesterday.  Mr. Schneiter was placed in restraints and returned to appear before the judge. 

The court issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Schneiter for alleged Failure to Obey a Judge's Order on the original 2 felony allegations.  Mr. Schneiter was transferred to Davies Dekalb Regional Jail with bond denied.  Additional charge(s) are being sought.


Sheriff Steve Cox

Note:  All people are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a Court of Law.  An arrest, arrest warrant and/or incarceration is merely an allegation and nothing more.