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Motion to dismiss death penalty denied
Written by Larry Limpf   
Monday, 26 August 2013 08:32

Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters has denied a motion to dismiss death penalty specifications in the case of a Fremont man indicted for the murder in March of his estranged wife.

Attorneys representing Randall Ross had filed the motion, citing constitutional and international law violations.

Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan filed an opposing motion and Judge Winters in a recent brief ruling wrote the defense motion “is not well taken.”

According to the court docket, a final pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. and a jury trial is to begin Dec. 9 at 8:30 a.m.

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.

Swope called the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department shortly before noon to report the shooting and told dispatchers Randall had then shot himself and was still at the residence.

He was released May 8 from the hospital.

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 a dismissal notice less than a month later.

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