Letter: Local advocates, Marsy’s Law support crime victims

This is National Crime Victim Rights Week, a week to raise awareness of victims’ rights and services, highlight programs, celebrate progress achieved and honor victims and the professionals who serve them.

Here in Columbus and Franklin County, we are lucky to have victim advocates who serve domestic violence and stalking victims as well as victims of crimes of violence with emphasis on sexual assault victims, both children and adults.

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Man with criminal past now accused of trying to set girlfriend on fire

A South Side man who served a prison sentence for killing a man with a van during an argument more than 17 years ago is accused of beating his girlfriend and attempting to set her on fire.

Mark A. Edwards, 48, was indicted Friday by a Franklin County grand jury for aggravated arson, attempted aggravated arson, domestic violence, abduction and possession of criminal tools.

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Accused serial attacker indicted for attempted rape of a Columbus woman, prosecutor says

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says a man accused of terrorizing four women in a ten-day span has been indicted for attempting to rape a Columbus woman.

Donald William Barrowman, 26, was indicted Wednesday by the Franklin County Grand Jury for the attempted rape of a 33-year-old woman in front of her home on February 1.

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Columbus mother charged in death of toddler son pleads not guilty

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Just weeks ago, officials say Tina Dayton was in Florida, alternating between sleeping in a tent in someone's backyard and in a car behind a Walmart.

On Friday, she appeared in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to face charges that she murdered her son.

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Teen driver sentenced to 10.5 years in prison for high-speed chase that killed pedestrian

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A teen driver who pleaded guilty in the 2019 crash that left a pedestrian dead has been sentenced to 10.5 years in prison on Thursday.

Ramadhan Muridi, 17, was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide among other counts after hitting 61-year-old Arthur L. Smith as he was crossing South Hamilton Road following a pursuit in February of 2019.

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Grandview daycare provider sentenced to 22 years in prison for raping 2 children

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Grandview in-home daycare provider was sentenced to 22 years in prison on Tuesday for raping two girls, ages four and six years old.

Terry McFadden, 70, pleaded guilty to the two first-degree felony charges in January.

The mother of the victims read a statement in court saying McFadden's actions changed the course of her children's personal identities.

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Former Ohio State football players indicted for rape and kidnapping

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Two former Ohio State University football players have been indicted on rape and kidnapping charges.

Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint were both indicted on two counts of rape and one count of kidnapping.

According to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, both men are facing a maximum consecutive term of 33 years in prison as well as registration as sex offenders.

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Parents charged in fentanyl intoxication death of 2-month-old

HILLIARD, Ohio — Hilliard police have arrested a mother and father whose infant son died from fentanyl intoxication, according to authorities.

Ehren Schumacher, 39, and Hazel Piuri, 32, were arrested Friday and were indicted on several counts by a Franklin County grand jury.

According to a release from Hilliard police, on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, officers investigated a report of an unresponsive infant in the 4700 block of Jeannette Road.

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Anthony Pardon found guilty in the murder of Rachael Anderson

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Anthony Pardon has been found guilty on all counts in the murder of Rachael Anderson.

The jury found Pardon guilty of aggravated murder, rape, kidnapping, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery.

Anderson was found dead in her east Columbus apartment in January 2018.

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DNA, cellphone evidence, will prove Pardon’s guilt in death penalty case, prosecutor says

The death penalty trial of Anthony Pardon began Tuesday with prosecuting and defense attorneys delivering opening statements about evidence in the rape and slaying of Rachael Anderson, an intern at a local mortuary.

Cellphone and DNA evidence will prove that Anthony J. Pardon is the person who “bound and gagged, raped and hogtied and murdered” Rachael Anderson in her East Side apartment, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien told jurors Tuesday as Pardon’s death penalty trial began.

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