In Ohio, a person charged with murder is accused of killing another human being purposefully; in other words, "murder" is when someone intends to kill another person. If no intent to kill exists, then it's not "murder." Anyone that is convicted of murder must be sentenced to life in prison, no exceptions. However, sometimes a conviction for murder can also result in the death penalty.
Less than three weeks ago, a Warren County grand jury indicted Sam Perone on one count of murder stemming from a death that occurred 23 years ago. The victim, Richard Woods, was killed on October 8, 1992. His body was found over one month later in a wooded ravine alongside Middleboro Road in Washington Township with two gunshot wounds to the head. His car was found 1.5 miles away at an I-71 rest area.
The Cincinnati Enquirer recently published a closer look at the circumstances surrounding the death of Mason resident Susan Sparks. You can read the details in the lengthy article, which discusses Susan's long battle with mental illness, her relationships with family members, and details about the firearm that caused her fatal injuries.