Judge: Records Can Be Used In Ohio Man’s Trial

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 ( ) 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.

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Information from: The Lima News,

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