JEFFERSON — A request for the reduction of a $500,000 cash surety bond for murder suspect Andre Sheffey, 30, of Ashtabula, was recently denied by Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court Judge Marianne Sezon, according to court records.

Sheffey is charged with two counts of murder and one count of felonious assault in the stabbing death of Christopher Nasca on July 11 in Geneva-on-the-Lake, according to Ashtabula County Prosecutor Cecilia Cooper and court records.

Sezon denied the bond motion after hearing arguments from the defense and the prosecution.

“After considering arguments from both sides, the defendant’s motion for reduced bond is denied as the bond currently presently set is reasonable based on the seriousness of the offenses and to ensure the defendant’s appearance [at court] and to protect the public safety,” Sezon stated in court records Sezon also denied a defense attorney request to release Sheffey’s cell phone because it is intended to be used as evidence in the case, court records show.

A pretrial hearing has also been scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 19 with a plea deadline hearing on the dockets for 10 a.m. Nov. 11.

A tentative trial date has also been scheduled for Jan. 12.

At the time of the incident, Geneva-on-the-Lake Police Chief Geoffrey Esser said a fight broke out between Nasca and Sheffey and the stabbing was the result of the incident. 

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