Prosecutors argue for second death penalty trial in Reagan Tokes murder case

Prosecutors want another shot at putting a convicted killer on death row. Brian Golsby was sentenced to life in prison for the kidnapping and murder of Ohio State student Reagan Tokes. But Thursday morning, prosecutors argued to three judges that there was prejudice during the penalty phase and want a new jury.

It’s an unusual move for prosecutors to get the state to retry a death penalty case.

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Judge sentences man to life after pleading guilty to stabbing ex-girlfriend to death

A Franklin County judge has sentenced a man to life with the possibility of parole for stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death.

Tyrone Lauderdale plead guilty to killing 44-year-old Ranae Baxter at her Westerville home in June 2019.

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Editorial: Ohio lawmakers should finish drug sentencing reform

The Ohio General Assembly is finally moving closer to passing long-sought legislation to slow the pipeline of minor drug offenders into Ohio prisons.

Whether passage of Senate Bill 3 alone will do what many advocates have clamored for is another question.

With the legislation pending for more than a year, it is surprising how long it has taken lawmakers to get even this close to enacting the bipartisan criminal justice reform sought by diverse interests.

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Investigators: DNA evidence, social media helped bring charges after ADAMH building damage

$275,000 worth of damage: it’s what investigators said you see unfold in videos they shared with ABC6/FOX28 from the night of May 30.

"Actually shows them breaking into the place, as well as lighting a couch on fire," said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien.

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Two charged with firing pellet guns at COTA bus during protest

Two Columbus men are accused of firing pellet guns into a passing COTA bus during a June 24 protest outside City Hall.

Gage A. Patrick, 18, of the Milo-Grogan neighborhood, and Salvatore J .Sowell, 24, of the Near East Side, were indicted Thursday by a Franklin County grand jury on felony counts of vandalism, inducing panic and disrupting public service.

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South Linden man admits to stabbing death of wife

A 50-year-old man was sentenced Monday to a minimum of 11 years in prison after admitting that he fatally stabbed his wife in their South Linden home.

Antonio M. Torres pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the May 2, 2019, death of 47-year-old Rocio Torres. She was pronounced dead that morning after a daughter discovered the body at the couple’s residence in the 1300 block of East 23rd Avenue.

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Whitehall man charged with ethnic intimidation for menacing threats to neighbor

WHITEHALL, Ohio (WCMH) — Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that the Franklin County Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment against Michael Patrick Millay, 51, for threatening his neighbors based on their race.

Millay is charged with Ethnic Intimidation and Aggravated Menacing.

“The defendant threatened his neighbor’s life using offensive racial remarks in front of her two young grandchildren,” O’Brien said.

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Tennessee man held on $1 million bond following alleged murder, crime spree charges

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A Tennessee man who allegedly shot and killed a Columbus man during what prosecutors call a “24-hour crime spree” has been formally arraigned on all charges Monday.

Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced Thursday the Franklin County Grand Jury returned a 10-count indictment on 20-year-old Joshua Binkley in connection to a string of felonies committed on May 31.

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Ohio could set new statewide standard for police handling of protests

Clouds of tear gas, blasts of pepper spray and firing of non-lethal projectiles to disperse protesters denouncing racism could prompt renewed examination of policies governing police conduct in Ohio.

Five years after instituting the first statewide standards for police use of force, including deadly force, after white Ohio officers killed African Americans, a state board could join local officials in a reassessment.

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New Albany man arrested for allegedly raping 6-year-old in Franklin County

A New Albany man wanted for allegedly raping a 6-year-old girl in Franklin County is in custody after turning himself in, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI said an arrest warrant was issued on April 21 for 46-year-old Chaminda Palliyaguru on charges of rape of a minor child under the age of 10 and three counts of gross sexual imposition of a minor child, under the age of 13.

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