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Written by Larry Limpf   
Monday, 05 August 2013 08:45

Death penalty issue goes to judge

Whether or not the death penalty specification should be dismissed in the case of a Fremont man indicted for the murder of his estranged wife will be decided by Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters.

Attorneys representing Randall Ross filed a motion last month to have the specification dismissed, citing constitutional and international law violations.

Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan recently filed an objection.

Mulligan last week said there won’t be a hearing on the matter but the judge will decide based on the arguments in the briefs.

Ross, who was indicted in May, faces seven counts, including murder, aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, and kidnapping in the shooting death of his wife, Amy. Firearm specifications were included in the indictment.

All of the charges are first degree felonies.

The shooting occurred in March at the N. Leutz Road home of Andrea Swope, Amy’s sister, where she had been staying.

She was found in an upstairs bedroom with a gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim and Ross had lived on County Road 265, Fremont, before she moved in with her sister.

Records in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court indicate she filed a divorce complaint last year, including a motion for a mutual restraining order, but then filed for dismissal less than a month later.


More patrols in Ottawa County
Throughout August the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department will have extra patrols to enforce traffic laws.

Capt. Brad York said the patrols will focus on impaired drivers and speed violations.

Overtime costs for the additional patrols are being funded by a grant from the state, he said.


Mall hearing Thursday
A pre-trial hearing on the City of Northwood’s nuisance abatement lawsuit against the owners of the Woodville Mall is scheduled for Aug. 8 at 1:30 p.m. in Wood County Common Pleas Court.

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