Solon road rage shooter in court for change of plea hearing, opts for a bench trial over a jury trial (live video)

Solon road rage shooter in court for change of plea hearing, opts for a bench trial over a jury trial (live video)
A North Ridgeville man accused of murdering a woman back in 2016 will face a judge at a pretrial on Wednesday.

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A North Ridgeville man accused of murdering a woman during a fit of road rage in August 2016 is due back in court Thursday.

Matthew Desha was indicted on 16 charges, including aggravated murder, following the shooting death of 53-year-old Deborah Pearl of Twinsburg in September 2016.

Police said Desha ran a red light on Solon Road at Richmond Road and crashed into Pearl’s car. He then exited his vehicle with a rifle and shot Pearl multiple times.

Neighbors at the time said Desha, a military veteran, suffered from PTSD.

Pearl’s family has rejected that defense and believe that Desha committed an intentional hate crime against Deborah.

Desha’s change of plea hearing Thursday is expected to begin between 8-8:30 a.m.

Cleveland 19 News will live stream the hearing:

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