Pickerington Times-Sun

Man pleads not guilty to attempted murder charges


A Pickerington man pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon to 10 felony counts, including attempted murder and kidnapping, stemming from a domestic violence incident Oct. 8 at The Lake's Edge Apartments.

Justin Elizondo, 22, of 508 Lakes Edge Way in Pickerington, was indicted by the Fairfield County Grand Jury Oct. 18 on three counts of attempt to commit murder and three counts of kidnapping, both first degree felonies.

Elizondo was also indicted on three counts of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and a single count of abduction, a third-degree felony.

Additionally, Elizondo was charged with three misdemeanor counts of domestic violence as well as one count of assault, also a misdemeanor.

Elizondo pleaded not guilty to all charges Monday afternoon during his arraignment before Fairfield County Common Please Court Judge Chris Martin.

His bond was set at $500,000 cash or surety bond and a $150,000 recognizance bond. A trial date has not yet been set.

As of late Monday, Elizondo remained in the Fairfield County jail.

All 16 charges arose out of an incident in which Pickerington police were dispatched to Elizondo's address at 12:06 p.m.

The victim, Elizondo's live-in girlfriend, called 911 and stated he severely beat her between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon, said Pickerington Police Detective Bryan Bragg.

Bragg said the victim was found inside the apartment in a children's bedroom.

Elizondo was arrested without incident outside the apartment.

"She was sent to the hospital for her wounds," Bragg said.

"She had three broken ribs and bruises all over her body," he said.

Bragg said the kidnapping counts and single abduction count were levied because police believe Elizondo "wouldn't let (the victim) leave the apartment at different times" during the course of assaulting her.

"He physically moved her from room to room," Bragg said.

"He actually tied her up using a T-shirt or a towel around her neck," said Bragg.

The Pickerington Police Department has arrested Elizondo before, for committing an assault against the same victim in July 2012, also at the same address.

Reports said he was subsequently convicted and served 10 days in jail.

Bragg said the victim is now out of the hospital.