COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Ohio State football star Jim Stillwagon has pleaded not guilty in the shooting of another driver during a road rage incident last year. Prosecutors say the 63-year-old Stillwagon pleaded not guilty Monday to four felonious assault counts in Delaware County, near Columbus. A hearing to set a trial date is scheduled April 8. Police say Stillwagon was on board his motorcycle when he got into a dispute with a pickup truck driver on Sept. 30. Investigators say the confrontation spanned 14 miles and ended in a parking lot where one bullet grazed the alleged victim’s head. Stillwagon was legally carrying the gun. A defense attorney said today he considers Stillwagon’s actions ”legally justified.” The college Hall of Fame lineman helped the Buckeyes to a national championship in 1968.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Ohio State football star Jim Stillwagon has been indicted on charges he fired shots from his motorcycle at another driver last year. Prosecutors in Delaware County, north of Columbus, said Friday the 63-year-old Stillwagon was indicted on four second-degree felony counts of felonious assault, all with firearm specifications. His arraignment is Monday. Police said Stillwagon fired at the driver of a pickup truck Sept. 30. One of the shots grazed the 41-year-old man’s head. Stillwagon was legally carrying the gun, and his lawyer has said he fired in self-defense. A phone message left at the attorney’s home Friday was not immediately returned. Stillwagon is a college Hall of Fame middle guard who helped the Buckeyes to a national championship in 1968.
Jim Stillwagon, an All-American defensive lineman who played on Ohio State’s 1968 national championship team, was charged on Monday with shooting a pickup truck driver during an extended incidence of road rage, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Police told the Dispatch the road rage confrontation between the two parties lasted for at least 14 miles. Stillwagon, 63, was riding a motorcycle and is accused of shooting at and assaulting a pickup truck driver Sunday afternoon near downtown Delaware, Ohio. One of the shots grazed the driver, Richard Mattingly, 41, in the head. Mattingly was flown to a hospital and checked out Sunday night. Stillwagon faces one count of felonious assault. He was released from jail Monday afternoon after a judge set bail at $350,000. A lawyer for Stillwagon told the Dispatch that Stillwagon shot in self-defense. “There was some type of conflict between the two where the truck potentially cut off the motorcycle or vice versa,” Bruce Pijanowski, interim Delaware police chief, told the Dispatch. …
DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — Police say 1960s Ohio State football star Jim Stillwagon is charged in a shooting after a road rage incident that spanned about 14 miles. Officers say the college football Hall of Famer fired a handgun at a pickup truck driver while riding a motorcycle Sunday north of Columbus. They say the vehicles then pulled into a parking area in Delaware and Stillwagon struck the other driver with the gun, causing it to fire a bullet that grazed the man’s head. The 63-year-old Stillwagon was jailed on a felonious assault charge, with bond set at $350,000 Monday. Police say the altercation might have started when one driver cut off the other. Court records didn’t list an attorney for Stillwagon. A message was left at his home.
Jim Stillwagon was the last player recruited for the best football class Ohio State ever had, and he didn’t even factor in how good the group was before making his decision. Then again, that was the Stone Age. There were no recruiting gurus. No five-star recruits. No high-school news conferences. No recruiting websites. No ESPN.