James Ritenour III is scheduled to go to trial for charges stemming from an incident in which he allegedly attacked his mother. Ritenour was being held in the Starke County Jail under $100,000 bond after his mother told police that he put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her after she questioned him regarding a malfunctioning microwave.
Jayne Ritenour told police that she was thrown to the floor and stomped on, but she stayed in the home because she was too scared to attempt to leave, thinking her son would attack her again. In the morning, she snuck out of the home and went to Kerby’s Corner Gas Station where she was able to contact police.
Ritenour III was booked into the Starke County Jail on charges of Battery and Intimidation, Class C Felonies, Criminal Recklessness, a Class D Felony, and a misdemeanor charge of Interference with Reporting a Crime. His case will go to trial this morning in Starke Circuit Court at 9:00 a.m.