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Woman Says Mother's Release From Prison 'Blow To Her Heart'

A woman says despite a witness' lies, and an overturned murder conviction, she still believes her mother poisoned her father. Get the latest.
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Despite an overturned conviction, the daughter of a woman who was released from prison aftertestimony from her 20-year-old trial said on Wednesday that she still believes her mother isguilty.

Virginia LeFever was released Monday after 20 years behind bars. Her conviction was overturnedbecause a key expert lied on the witness stand.

Sarah LeFever grew up without parents.

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Her father died when she was 8 and, at the same time, her mom was convicted of killing him, 10Investigates' Paul Aker reported.

"I honestly believe she deserves to be in prison," Sarah LeFever said. "She took my childhoodfrom me. She took my father from me."

Her mother has claimed she was innocent since 1990, when she fainted as the guilty verdict wasread.

A claim she repeated during an exclusive jailhouse interview with 10 Investigates.

"No, I didn't (kill my husband)," LeFever, 59, said. "The truth doesn't change."

Sarah LeFever said her mother is lying.

She claims that she and her brother watched her mother set-off poison insect smoke bombs in anattempt to kill her father, Aker reported.

"We witnessed her doing that; beyond a shadow of a doubt, that's what we saw," Sarah LeFeversaid.

The case against LeFever has serious holes; the biggest because of former Franklin Countytoxicologist James Ferguson.

Ferguson was a key witness and the man that determined LeFever's husband was poisoned todeath.

He lied at the trial about the year he graduated. 10 Investigates first revealed he did not takemany normally-required classes in his biochemistry major and he failed other basic classes.

No one from The Ohio State University can figure out how received his degree, Aker reported.

A judge threw out LeFever's conviction and life sentence because of Ferguson's problematiccredentials.   For Sarah LeFever, it was a blow to the heart.

"It was like someone knocked the wind out of me," Sarah LeFever said. "It's not fair. My daddeserved justice."

Sarah LeFever's own testimony could make a new conviction even harder.

LeFever's attorney filed a motion that showed she and her brother changed their story since1990.
Sarah LeFever admits that is true. She said at the trial in 1990 she falsely claimed she didnot remember things she really saw.

"I didn't give the most honest testimony because I was afraid of my mom," Sarah LeFever said. "Idon't believe for a minute she was ever innocent."

The Licking County prosecutor is still trying to determine whether to seek a new trial. He saida decision should come within a few weeks, Aker reported.

Until a decision is made Virginia LeFever was ordered to have no contact with witnesses,including her children.

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Previous Stories:

November 23, 2010: Evidence In Overturned Murder Conviction Could Be Gone
November 22, 2010: Judge: New Trial For Woman Convicted In Husband's Slaying
November 17, 2010: Investigation Finds More Apparent Deceptions By Toxicologist
September 30, 2010: College Degree By Former Expert Witness Comes Into Question
May 13, 2010:  Former Toxicologist Sentenced For Lying About Credentials
April 28, 2010:  Testimony Of Key Witness Calls Murder Conviction Into Question