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New Development for Former Cop Accused of Threatening Lawyer
COLUMBUS (Terri Sullivan/Kate Liebers) -- Charges were dropped against a former Columbus cop who was accused of threatening to stab and shoot his attorney, but the case is far from over.
Instead, the prosecutor announced the charges were being dismissed because of a federal detainer.
The former cop accused of aggravated menacing, Steven Dean, will remain in jail.
Sources will not say why there is a federal holder, however, and the case documents are sealed in federal court.
Dean's wife, Sharon Dean, had a theory.
"The police department -- that's where all this started," she said.
In June 2012, Dean and another officer were relieved of their duties during an investigation into the handling of surplus military equipment. At the time, detectives were looking at evidence from scrap yards, trying to determine if those officers were ordered to have a janitor sell the military gear to scrap yards and, if so, where the money went.
Former deputy Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, now the Cincinnati Police Chief, was in charge of the program at the time.
Blackwell never responded to reporters' requests for comment and the Columbus Police Headquarters would only say that no guns are unaccounted for.
According to reports, officers were put on alert when Steven threatened his lawyer. After his arrest, police seized 20 guns from the couple's northeast Columbus home.
"I don't feel like he's done anything wrong," Sharon said. "I mean, not from what I've been told. That's all I have to say."
Sharon said her husband, who resigned from the Columbus Police last year, is a scapegoat in a case that involves several other officers.
Still, Friday's development came as a surprise.
"I had no idea that this was going to happen," she said, referring to the new federal charges. "It's just been hard for us, that's all. It's been over a year and a half. And this keeping him in jail -- it's just not right."