Ohio Court Tosses Women’s Death Sentences
The Ohio Supreme Court has once again overturned the death sentence of the state's only female death row prisoner.
The court's 5-2 decision in the case of Donna Roberts found that a judge failed to consider evidence arguing against a death sentence, including indications that brain trauma from several traffic accidents had affected Roberts' mental health.
Other evidence included Roberts' childhood in an abusive home and evidence of good deeds as an adult, such as raising money for wounded soldiers in Israel.
The court's Tuesday ruling ordered a judge to resentence the 69-year-old Roberts for the 2001 murder of her former husband, Robert Fingerhut, in Howland in northeast Ohio.
Roberts' first death sentence was overturned in 2006 following the discovery of a prosecutor's involvement in writing Roberts' sentencing order.