Ohio court overturns death sentence for convicted murderer, orders new trial

Ohio court overturns death sentence for convicted murderer, orders new trialA divided Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the death sentence of a man convicted of murdering a female bartender and ordered a new trial, saying prosecutors erred in showing jurors knives not used in the crime that the man owned. The 4-3 ruling sends the case of defendant Joseph Thomas back to Lake County for a new trial. Thomas, 33, of Perry Township, in northeast Ohio, was convicted in 2012 for the kidnapping, rape and aggravated murder of bartender Anne McSween, 49, which occurred two years earlier in Mentor-on-the-Lake, located about 30 miles east of Cleveland.



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