Ohio Supreme Court Affirms Man's Death Penalty

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Supreme Court has affirmed the death sentence of a western Ohio man convicted of aggravated murder in a fatal bar robbery.

The court in a 6-1 decision Wednesday rejected Kerry Perez' claims that the trial court made legal and procedural errors that should be grounds for reducing his sentence to life imprisonment.

Perez was convicted of killing Ronald Johnson during a robbery at a bar in Springfield in March 2003.

Defense attorneys argued that secret jailhouse recordings of conversations between Perez and his wife were admitted into evidence in violation of a law prohibiting spouses from testifying about their private communications.

But the court's majority opinion says the law doesn't bar the taped recordings from being introduced in court.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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