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Man busted with weapons at Crocker Park theatre will stand trial

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The North Ridgeville man accused of bringing a backpack full of weapons into the Westlake Crocker Park movie theatre this past August, has been declared sane to stand trial.

Scott Smith, 37, now has pre-trial scheduled for October 23 and his trial is scheduled to start December 10.  Smith faces 21 counts, including carrying a concealed weapon and having weapons under disability.

The 37-year-old married father remains out on house arrest and is restricted from going to Crocker Park.  He is also under the supervision of the probation department, which will monitor his every move.

Smith was arrested on August 4 while seated in a showing of the movie Dark Knight Rises.

An off-duty officer and movie theater manager confronted Smith because he was acting suspicious. Smith opened his backpack without a fight, and revealed a Glock 9mm handgun and three knives. Smith does not have a concealed carry permit.

Police say Smith was seated in the last row of the theater with his back against the wall. That's what police call a tactical position.

Attorney Matthew Bruce, who represents Smith, said his client, who peacefully surrendered to police, had no plans of harming anyone. He said Smith's weapons were for his protection only.  

A search warrant was executed at Smith's home, and officers found more weapons, a gas mask, tactical vest and more ammunition.

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