This week in court promises to be busy, with two murder trials and a reckless homicide trial scheduled to start and a sentencing in a drunken-driving death case.

A former Akron school board member facing a drug charge also is due in court.

Here’s more on these cases:

Drunk-driving death

John Bird, 51, pleaded guilty under an agreement with prosecutors Jan. 2 to one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony, two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, third-degree felonies, and a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle under the influence.

Police say Bird caused a crash at about 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23, 2016, at North Portage Path and Sunnyside Avenue in West Akron. Police say Bird was driving a 2015 Jeep Cherokee when he hit the rear passenger side of a 2014 Audi whose driver was attempting to make a turn. The Audi spun around and struck a utility pole.

Grant Wilson, 17, of Chagrin Falls, a passenger in the Audi, died from his injuries, and the Audi driver and another passenger also were hurt, as was Bird.

Police say speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

Bird is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. Monday by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands. He faces 18 years in prison, though prosecutors have said they plan to request that he receive 12 years. Prosecutors say Bird was going 96 mph in a 35 mph zone, had a blood-alcohol level significantly above the legal limit and admitted to emergency personnel that he had been drinking, according to a sentencing memorandum.

Bird is represented by attorney Don Malarcik, who suggested a lesser penalty of six years in prison in a sentencing memorandum. Numerous people wrote letters on Bird’s behalf to the court.

Stabbing during burglary

Kesean Brown, 25, of Akron, is charged with murder, aggravated burglary and burglary.

Police say Brown and Decarlos Abdul Powe Jr., 21, broke into a Firestone Park apartment Oct. 5 by removing a window air-conditioning unit. One of the men had a handgun.

A man living in the apartment stabbed Powe. Brown and Powe fled in a vehicle to the 600 block of Blanche Street, where they called paramedics. Powe was taken to the hospital, where he later died, police say.

Under Ohio law, a person can be charged for death when it happens in the commission of a felony. In this case, that would be burglary.

The resident wasn’t charged because of Ohio’s castle doctrine, which permits homeowners to use deadly force to defend themselves against an intruder, police say.

Brown is scheduled to go on trial Monday in Rowlands’ courtroom, but his attorney and prosecutors are trying to reach an agreement. He will either enter a guilty plea Monday morning or his trial will start that afternoon.

Attorney John Greven is representing Brown.

Shooting death case

Terrell Clayton, 22, of Akron, is charged with aggravated murder and murder.

Police say Clayton shot and killed Giovanni Travis, 26, on July 9. Travis was shot while sitting in a car parked on Baird Street. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

Travis was among five people shot that weekend in Akron, with three dying.

Clayton is scheduled to go on trial at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Summit County Common Pleas Judge Christine Croce’s courtroom, though a plea is possible in the case.

Greven is representing Clayton.

Former school board member facing drug charge

Former Akron school board member John Otterman, 57, is charged with possession of marijuana.

He was found unconscious Jan. 19 in the driver’s seat of a car on East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue after an apparent drug overdose. Paramedics used four doses of naloxone, an opiate overdose reversal drug, to revive him. He was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital for further treatment.

Police say they found a white substance that tested positive for fentanyl, an opioid used as a pain medication, in the car, along with marijuana.

Police say Otterman admitted to having the drugs. He faces a mandatory fine of $150 and a driver’s license suspension for up to five years on the marijuana charge.

Otterman was issued an immunity form in lieu of arrest for the fentanyl. Ohio’s Good Samaritan Law offers immunity to people who overdose up to two times and want to seek assistance for their addiction.

Otterman was granted a continuance in his case earlier this month because he was in a detox facility.

He is scheduled to have a status hearing at 9 a.m. Tuesday before Akron Municipal Judge Jerry Larson.

Attorney Tom Bauer is representing Otterman.

Otterman resigned from his school board seat and the board recently chose his replacement.

Reckless homicide case

Dylan Ray Hudson, 19, of Akron, is charged with reckless homicide with a gun specification.

Police say Hudson accidentally shot a 17-year-old boy on April 21 in a Fulmer Avenue home. Officers found the boy in the living room of the apartment with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hudson is scheduled to go on trial at 9 a.m. Thursday in Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty’s courtroom. Hudson’s trial is one of three scheduled for McCarty’s court that day and could be postponed.

Attorney Ronald Spears is representing Hudson.

Stephanie Warsmith can be reached at 330-996-3705 or swarsmith@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow on Twitter: @swarsmithabj and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/swarsmith.