Man pleads not guilty to attempted murder

A Swanton man charged with twice attempting to kill his estranged wife pleaded not guilty to the charges in Lucas County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday. The charges against Alonzo Irelan also include aggravated arson, felonious assault, and violating a protection order.

It is alleged that he attempted to murder Ashley Irelan on both Dec. 8 and Jan. 5.

John B. Thebes was appointed to represent Alonzo Irelan. A competency hearing is scheduled for Feb. 26.

Alonzo Irelan was being held at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital. Bond was set at $3,575,000 with there to be no direct or indirect contact with the victim.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Ashley Irelan to help with medical bills and other expenses. Donations can be made at