Judge: records can be used in Ohio man’s trial

Court murder investigation

LIMA, Ohio (AP) – A judge has ruled that a northwestern Ohio man’s records with the county child welfare agency can be used by his attorneys to help convince a jury that he shouldn’t get the death penalty for a 2009 double murder.

A judge in Lima ruled this past week that Hager Church’s records with Allen County Children Services can be used by his attorneys in the penalty phase of his trial if he is convicted of aggravated murder.

His attorneys didn’t indicate what the records might say.

The Lima News (http://bit.ly/1ksAXhz ) reports that Church is accused of setting a house fire that killed a 45-year-old woman and her 54-year-old boyfriend on June 14, 2009.

Church is already serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for a 2010 slaying.


WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

blog comments powered by Disqus