facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Ohio man faces 3rd trial in wife's death

Jan. 23, 2013 at 7:46 PM   |   Comments

CLEVELAND, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A former Ohio undertaker found guilty twice in the poisoning death of his wife, will get a third trial, a judge ordered.

Robert Girts, 59, of Parma was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1993 for killing his third wife, Diane, with cyanide. The conviction was overturned by an appellate court, which cited improper and prejudicial statements made by a prosecutor during trial. Convicted again in 1995, he was freed in 2008 after a federal appeals court tossed that conviction, again because of prejudicial statements made by prosecutors.

Girts, free on court-supervised release, fought an attempt by county prosecutors to retry him, but in 2010 a federal court declined to stop a third trial.

On Friday, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Jackson set Girts' new trial for Aug.12, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.

Girts, who married a fourth time, now resides in the Youngstown area. His fourth wife told police in August she was in hiding from Girts because he was stalking her and threatened to kill her, police records indicate.

Testimony in the previous trials accused him of beating his second wife, and raised questions about the death of his first wife, who died at age 25 in 1978 of an unknown illness and was buried without an autopsy. Her body was exhumed before the first trial and the case was closed after a coroner's examination, the newspaper said.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Six Flags fight leaves boy critically injured, may have been organized on Twitter Six Flags fight leaves boy critically injured, may have been organized on Twitter
2
Body of missing Realtor Beverly Carter found Body of missing Realtor Beverly Carter found
3
Patient admitted to hospital with potential Ebola virus Patient admitted to hospital with potential Ebola virus
4
$900,000 Porsche Spyder catches fire at gas station $900,000 Porsche Spyder catches fire at gas station
5
One shot in Albemarle High School shooting, shooter in custody One shot in Albemarle High School shooting, shooter in custody
Trending News
x
Feedback