DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio appeals court has upheld a man's involuntary manslaughter conviction in his girlfriend's 2009 death that came while he was serving a sentence for attempted murder for severely beating her.
Ralph Donaldson pleaded guilty in 2011 to involuntary manslaughter in Deborah Nooks' death. He already was in prison for the 1997 attempted murder conviction.
The Ohio 2nd District Court of Appeals on Friday rejected Donaldson's claim that the constitutional prohibition against being tried twice for the same offense prevented him from being charged again after she died. The court noted that all parties agreed in 1997 that there could be more charges if Nooks died from her injuries.
Donaldson's attorney says he will need to talk with his client before any decision is made on whether to appeal further.