MOUNT VERNON — Caleb Sarge, 28, was found competent to stand for trial on murder charges by District V Forensic Diagnostic Center.

Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Wetzel previously ordered that Sarge undergo a competency evaluation Dec. 4. Sarge appeared in Knox County Common Pleas Court for a competency hearing Wednesday.

Neither Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville nor Public Defender John Dankovich contested the evaluation report that found Sarge competent. The court proceeded to set bond and the case will move toward a jury trial, according to Wetzel.

McConville requested the bond to be set at $500,000 without ten percent.

Dankovich asked for the bond to be lowered, stating that Sarge is not a flight risk because he has no passport and can stay with his mother if released on bond.

Dankovich also suggested that Sarge acted in self-defense in the shooting death of 42-year-old John Serio.

Wetzel ordered Sarge’s bond to be set at $500,000 without ten percent. If released on bond, Sarge will be subject to pre-trial reporting conditions, including weekly reports.

Sarge was indicted Dec. 2 for murder, an unclassified felony, and tampering with evidence, a third degree felony. The indictment also included a specification of a .22 caliber handgun.

Serio was reportedly living at Sarge’s Sandusky Street residence Nov. 25 when he was killed by a single gunshot to the chest. Sarge was arrested and admitted to law enforcement to shooting Serio, according to court records.

Law enforcement were alerted to the scene by a non-emergency call by a female caller.

The investigation found the victim’s cellphone submerged in a saucepan of water at the crime scene leading to the tampering with evidence charge, according to information previously shared by McConville.

Also set for bond in a separate hearing in common pleas court Wednesday was Colton Flynn, 22, who was indicted on criminal child enticement, unlawful restraint and gross sexual imposition.

Flynn allegedly lured a 10-year-old victim behind a school playground under the pretense of searching for his lost dog. He then reportedly made contact with the victim’s feet for sexual gratification.

Flynn plead not guilty to the charges.

Defense Attorney Morgan Giles stated that Flynn has no prior convictions and is locally employed as hospital security.

Flynn’s bond was set at $2,500 without ten percent. A no-contact order was also issued that Flynn is to have no contact with the victim or any minor.

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