LIMA — The records of a man’s childhood can be used in his defense in a trial in which he faces the death penalty in a 2009 double murder, a judge ruled Monday.
Hager Church appeared in court Monday with a Mohawk haircut listening to a judge grant a ruling in his favor. Church’s records with Allen County Children Services, whatever those are, can be used at his trial, if his defense team chooses.
At a previous hearing, his attorneys said the records may be vital to the mitigation phase of his case to try to spare Church from the death penalty, should he be convicted of two counts of aggravated murder.
One of his attorneys, Steve Chamberlain, said there is potentially a lot of information in the files that could help in the mitigation phase.
Church also faces one count of aggravated arson in the June 14, 2009, house fire that killed Massie “Tina” Flint, 45, and her boyfriend, Rex Hall, 54. The fire was at a home at 262 S. Pine St.
Church became a suspect after he told an inmate about the fire. Eventually he told investigators.
Church is already serving a life sentence with no chance for parole for the Aug. 16, 2010, beating death of Debra Henderson in her home at 619 Woodward Ave. He killed Henderson over a few dollars and costume jewelry.
Reed also granted a request to allow a psychologist into the jail to interview Church.