A city man who allegedly tried to kill his girlfriend with an assault rifle in December changed his plea Monday, Feb. 25, to not guilty by reason of insanity on attempted murder and other charges stemming from the incident.
David Phillip Seitz II, 27, of Cuyahoga Falls, entered the new plea Monday during a pretrial hearing in Summit County Common Pleas Court before Judge Paul Gallagher.
Seitz was arraigned Feb. 15. 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.
Scott Rilley, Seitz’s attorney, said he filed, on behalf of his client, a written plea of not guilty by reason of insanity “based on his history of post traumatic stress disorder [and] other associated illnesses as a result of his service in the United States armed forces in his three tours of duty in Iraq.”
Gallagher ordered Seitz be evaluated, a court spokesperson said, adding a status hearing will take place in Gallagher’s courtroom on April 8.
Gallagher modified Seitz’s $500,000 cash bond set Jan. 2 in Stow Municipal Court to 10 percent of $1 million on Feb. 15. Seitz remained in Summit County Jail as of Monday.