Ex-Ohio death row inmate wants new charge tossed


OTTAWA, Ohio (AP) -- A Scotsman who spent two decades on Ohio's death row is asking a state court to dismiss one of his charges on allegations he threatened a judge who prosecuted his original case.

The Lima News reported (http://bit.ly/GDRWxg) Wednesday that Ken Richey's attorney wants the violation of a civil protection order charge thrown out. He also asks that the trial to be moved and for certain evidence to be tossed, including Richey's statements to investigators.

Richey has pleaded not guilty to the charge and to retaliation. Authorities say he left a threatening phone message at the courthouse in Ottawa where he was sentenced to death.

Richey was released in 2008 under a plea deal after a federal court overturned his sentence. He'd been convicted of starting a fire that killed a toddler.


Information from: The Lima News, http://www.limanews.com