The Latest: Conviction tossed, ex-cop sent back to jail

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a former Ohio police officer’s request for bail after a federal court overturned his 2005 conviction (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

A former Ohio police official has been sent back to jail to await a judge’s decision on whether to set bail after the ex-officer’s 2005 manslaughter conviction was overturned by a federal court.

A Warren County judge heard arguments Monday afternoon and said he would rule later on the defense request for bond for former Springboro Police Lt. Thomas “Jim” Barton. A new trial was scheduled for Sept. 19.

His attorney says Barton is committed to continuing to fight the allegations that he arranged a botched burglary that led to his wife’s death. Prosecutors said he is a high flight risk.

Last year, a federal appeals court ordered that Barton receive a new trial or be set free, saying that evidence was improperly withheld. The panel also expressed skepticism about a key prosecution witness’ testimony.


3 p.m.

A former Ohio police official whose manslaughter conviction in his wife’s death was thrown out is in court hoping to get out of jail.

A judge planned to hear arguments Monday afternoon on whether he should set bail for former Springboro Police Lt. Thomas “Jim” Barton.

Barton’s 2005 conviction was thrown out last year in federal court.

Warren County prosecutors are opposing bail for the 60-year-old ex-cop. They have until September to give him a new trial or free him.

Authorities contend Barton’s wife was killed in 1993 in a botched burglary he had arranged to try to scare her into moving.


9:45 a.m.

The attorney for a former police official wants a judge to set bail for him in southwest Ohio after a federal court threw out his 2005 conviction on charges from his wife’s slaying in a botched burglary.

A hearing was scheduled Monday afternoon in Warren County on whether former Springboro Police Lt. Thomas “Jim” Barton, 60, should be able to get out of jail while authorities decide whether to retry him. Barton was brought Friday to Warren County Jail from a state prison.

The U.S. Supreme Court last month declined to consider reinstating his conviction, letting stand a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that authorities improperly withheld evidence that could have helped Barton’s defense. The appeals court also expressed skepticism about the testimony of a key prosecution witness.

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