Trial set against Shelby man accused of trying to run man over with car.

August 9, 2021


Trial set against Shelby man accused of trying to run man over with car.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

Editor’s note: A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

SHELBY — The criminal case against a 30-year-old Shelby man accused of shooting at another man with a handgun and then attempting to run him over with his car was set for trial in 51st Circuit Court Monday, Aug. 9.

Phillip Dean Marsala, of 716 W. Shelby Rd., faces felony charges of assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to do bodily harm less than murder and felony firearm.

His trial is scheduled for Oct. 13 and 14, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

Marsala faces up to life in prison if convicted.

The incident occurred the night of June 3 shortly after 10 p.m. at the intersection of First and State streets in the Village of Shelby, said Shelby Police Chief Steven Waltz. It appears that a love triangle motivated the crime. 

The victim, who is a 31-year-old Shelby man, was struck by the car, Waltz said, but refused medical treatment and did not appear to be injured. He did not receive any gunshot wounds. 

Marsala turned himself in to authorities and was arrested, Waltz said. 

Marsala remains lodged in the Oceana County Jail on a $250,000/cash/surety/10 percent bond. Judge Robert D. Springstead denied a motion made by defense attorney Anna Rapa to reduce his bond.

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