Ohio ex-cop leaves jail after posting bond in 2005 case

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A former suburban Ohio police official who has spent more than a decade behind bars for his wife’s death has been released from jail nearly a month after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to reinstate a 2005 manslaughter conviction.

WHIO-TV reports that former Springboro Police Lt. Thomas “Jim” Barton declined comment as he left jail Friday afternoon.

A Warren County judge Thursday set bond at $350,000 for Barton, whose conviction was overturned by a federal appeals court last year.

The 60-year-old Barton faces a new trial Sept. 19.

Prosecutors say Vickie Barton died in a botched 1995 burglary that authorities said Thomas Barton paid to have staged.

Springboro is located near Dayton in southwest Ohio.

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