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Delaware Gazette

Jury finds man not guilty of rape, kidnapping

Akron Beacon Journal

Hung jury results in mistrial for man accused of stabbing wife on Valentine's Day

Akron Beacon Journal

Portage jury weighs insanity plea for Suffield man who stabbed wife on Valentine's Day

Akron Beacon Journal

Portage jurors to decide whether man with Parkinson's was sane when he killed his wife

Barberton Herald

Barberton bar owner charged in brutal attack

McKernan could serve 3 1/2 years under plea deal

Cleveland Heights man brought guns into FBI parking lot, police say

A tentative third trial date of April 3, 2017 has been set for the former Massillon resident accused of shooting her husband to death.


Issues at core of Colleen McKernan's two previous murder trials affect people differently, making it difficult to reach consensus.

Trial in fatal Canton, Ohio New Year’s Eve shooting ends in 2nd hung jury


Newlywed Colleen McKernan’s Murder Trial Ends With Second Hung Jury

Proceedings have exhibited elements similar to first trial that ended


Today’s testimony, opening statements in Colleen McKernan murder trial

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“Max Hiltner is dynamite in the courtroom by connecting with the jury, recalling facts and cultivating good relationships with the opponents and presiding judge. He is professional, dedicated, honest and cares about the livelihood of his clients and their families. He excels in negotiating and hiring experts necessary for a well rounded defense. Max was one of my lawyers that stood between me and a life sentence. Without him on my team I would still be in prison. He will fight for you.”

- Colleen O.

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    Ger VangGer Vang
    15:23 04 Mar 24
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    16:13 07 Feb 24
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    15:47 05 Feb 24
    I am grateful for the outstanding legal representation I received from Max Hiltner. He not only possesses a deep understanding of the law but also goes above and beyond to prioritize clients' needs. Max guided me with clarity and transparency, making a complex legal situation more manageable. The communication was prompt, and his dedication to my case was evident throughout. I highly recommend Max for anyone seeking a knowledgeable and reliable attorney. Thank you for your exceptional service!
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    15:57 30 Jan 24
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    23:02 25 Jan 24
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    16:22 25 Jan 24
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    13:45 24 Jan 24
    Max was the first lawyer we spoke with who we felt actually heard our side of the story. From the first phone call he asked specific questions and was available. Max worked hard to get us the best possible outcome and took time to make sure we knew the legal processes at work. This is the guy you want on your side.
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