The man charged in a fatal shooting at Burger King on the Maysville Pike last month entered a not guilty plea in court Wednesday and announced he wants to represent himself in court.. 34-year-old Timothy Daniel made the plea before Muskingum County Common Pleas Judge Mark Fleegle to one count each of aggravated murder with a firearm specification, having a weapon while under a disability, felonious assault, carrying a concealed weapon and improper handling of a firearm in motor vehicle. Daniel also requested that he wanted to defend himself. Judge Fleegle told Daniel to make a written motion to the court. Daniel faces life in prison if convicted. Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox says on October 31st Daniel is accused in the shooting death of 61-year-old Charles Hooper of Zanesville in the south end restaurant just before 10 a.m.
According to the Franklin County Clerk of Courts website Daniel was charged with murder in 2004. He also was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and having a weapon while under a disability. Whiz News has learned that at that trial Daniel fired his attorney and represented himself. In the case he was found not guilty of murder and not guilty of carrying a concealed weapon by a jury. The Court did find him guilty of having a weapon while under a disability.
In a related case, the man accused of provding transportation for Daniel last month pleaded not guilty to two counts of obstructing justice. 33-year-old Jamie Jarrett had his bond continued at $100,000. Both men are being held in the Muskingum County Jail.