JEFFERSON — An Ashtabula man is being held on a $500,000 cash surety bond after his arraignment on three charges stemming from the stabbing death of Christopher Nasca early in the morning on July 11 in Geneva-on-the-Lake.

Andre Sheffey, 30, is charged with two counts of murder and one count of felonious assault, said Ashtabula County Prosecutor Cecilia Cooper. She said the stabbing stemmed from a fight near the Times Square Restaurant.

Nasca, 29, whose last known address was in the Rock Creek area, was taken to a Cleveland hospital where he died of his injuries, according to Geneva Police Chief Geoffrey Esser.

A vigil for the victim was held July 14 on the strip, where family and friends held posters with pictures of Nasca and shared stories of his life.

The bond was set by Ashtabula County Magistrate Dean Topalof during a short court hearing. Only a small number of people were allowed into the courtroom because of the coronavirus pandemic which limits gatherings to 10 people or fewer.

“I think the bond is very high for this case,” said Sheffey’s attorney Michael Peterson.

Cooper disagreed saying the bond was the same as similar cases involving murder. She said they don’t believe anyone else was involved in the murder, but the investigation is continuing.

Esser said officers were called to the scene around 2:30 a.m. on July 12 after the stabbing and the suspect had fled the scene.

Police arrested Sheffey in Ashtabula on July 14, Cooper said.

 

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