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Gary Wooten

Man pleads not guilty to robbery

A Glouster man already charged with involuntary manslaughter pleaded not guilty to an added robbery charge Oct. 31.

Gary Wooten, 21, is currently on house arrest after pleading not guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of felonious assault.

The charges stem from an incident May 2 when Wooten allegedly got into an altercation with Harley Aaron Pruitt, 20, in Chauncey. Wooten allegedly punched the victim more than 15 times and left him unconscious, said Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn.

Pruitt died at Grant Medical Center in Columbus on May 4.

Wooten’s new charge of robbery stems from an incident April 2, 2011 when Wooten allegedly assaulted someone during a theft offense, according to a release from Blackburn’s office.

Athens County Court of Common Pleas Judge Alan Goldsberry allowed Wooten to be released on his own recognizance with an electronic ankle monitor.

Wooten is due back in court Nov. 28 for a preliminary hearing for the manslaughter charges.

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