John Schultz IV

ROCHESTER — A jury trial for a Rochester man who allegedly plotted a Columbine-style massacre in Fulton County has been adjourned until February 7.

John Lawrence Schultz IV, 20, 630 W. 6th St., Rochester, is charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, both felonies tier 2; and possession of methamphetamine, possession of a narcotic and two counts of intimidation, all felony level 6.

The postponed trial is due to an impending winter storm, which is expected to hit the area from late Tuesday, February 1. According to the Northern Indiana National Weather Service, the region could see initial snowfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches, with locally higher amounts through Wednesday evening. Further heavy accumulations of snow are possible Thursday.

The 12-member jury, who were assembled from Miami County, had no objection to the trial being postponed. Schultz’s trial will now take place February 7-10 at Fulton Circuit Court. Currently, there are no alternates serving on the jury.

On Friday, 85 people were called to serve, but only about three dozen appeared for jury selection. Fulton Circuit Court Judge Christopher Lee said the lack of attendance was largely due to COVID-19.

Alternates will be rounded up in Fulton County on Tuesday, Feb. 1, to be selected for the case before the storm hits. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office was asked to help call 25 county residents for the pooling process. Defense attorneys for Schultz objected to the Fulton County locum grouping, arguing that the case was overly publicized and that it would be difficult to find locums in the county without bias.

Lee argued that alternates might not even be used in the case, but said he would feel more comfortable having alternates in case a problem arises with one of the current members of the jury.

The trial will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 7.