Cuyahoga Falls man who allegedly attempted to murder girlfriend pleads 'not guilty'

by STeve wiandt | REPORTER Published:

A city man who allegedly tried to kill his girlfriend with an assault rifle in December has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges stemming from the incident.

David Phillip Seitz II, 27, of Cuyahoga Falls, was arraigned Feb. 15 in Summit County Common Pleas Court before Judge Paul Gallagher. He pleaded not guilty to six charges a Summit County grand jury filed against him on Feb. 7. They include attempted murder, felonious assault and improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation or school, all second-degree felonies; two counts of domestic violence, one a first-degree misdemeanor and the other a fourth-degree misdemeanor; and using weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Feb. 25. Gallagher modified Seitz's $500,000 cash bond set Jan. 2 in Stow Municipal Court to 10 percent of $1 million. Seitz remained in Summit County Jail as of Feb. 21.

A call placed to Scott Rilley, Seitz's attorney, was not returned by press time.

Cuyahoga Falls police arrested Seitz on Dec. 29, 2012, at his home on High Street after Seitz and his live-in girlfriend had a verbal argument that escalated to the point that Seitz allegedly threatened to kill both the woman and himself, according to a press release issued by police. He allegedly fired six rounds from a loaded rifle inside the residence as the two struggled for control of the weapon, according to police.

Police Lt. Steve Guldeman said the woman texted a friend for help and the friend called police.

Guldeman said the woman and Seitz were both treated for minor injuries at the scene and were not taken to the hospital. No one was shot, he said.

The couple was outside when officers arrived at 10:16 p.m., four minutes after being dispatched, he said.

"Prior to officers arriving, things had calmed down and the victim was able to place the gun in the garage away from the suspect," Guldeman said.

Guldeman said the rifle -- a 5.56 mm AR-15 -- belongs to the woman and was loaded when police found it in the garage, but he didn't know how many rounds were left in the gun. Police took the gun as evidence, he said.

The lieutenant said shots were fired down into the stairwell area of the apartment and he didn't believe any bullets traveled outside the building.

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