OTTAWA — Kenneth Richey waived his right to a speedy trial during a pre-trial hearing Monday in Putnam County Common Pleas Court.
Richey, 55, was arrested Oct. 3 in Franklin County on a warrant issued on retaliation against former Putnam County Assistant Prosecutor and Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Basinger.
Richey participated in a video hearing from the jail on Oct. 9 when he pleaded not guilty to those threats.
A grand jury previously charged Richey with five counts, including three counts of retaliation, a felony of the third degree, one count violating a protection order and one count tampering with evidence.
During Monday’s pre-trial conference, Putnam County Common Pleas Judge Keith Schierloh reviewed the waiver Richey signed. The waiver will allow council to review evidence and witnesses that could likely be called at a trial.
Alex Treece, Richey’s attorney, said he expects to file motions next week and Todd Schroeder, assistant prosecuting attorney for the state, also said he plans to file motions.
According to court documents, a Putnam County resident who wished to remain anonymous received a Facebook Live video with Richey making verbal threats against Basinger and said he would kill the man who he said “took his life away.”
The video was turned over to the prosecutor by Putnam County Sheriffs Office and an arrest warrant was made. A warrant was issued from Franklin County for Richey on Sept. 27 and he was booked into the Putnam County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
Richey was prosecuted in 1986 on charges of aggravated murder, arson and child endangerment in the death of Cynthia Collins, 2, in Columbus Grove, who died in an apartment fire. In 1987, he was found guilty and sentenced to death row.
He had dual British-U.S. citizenship, and the case received international attention in places where the death penalty is not allowed. A letter against his execution was signed by more than 100 members of the British Parliament and the late Pope John Paul II.
Richey spent 21 years in prison, most of the sentence on death row. His conviction was overturned on appeal, as the court was concerned with how his defense handled the case.
Richey plead guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and was credited with time served and released.
After his release, he returned to Scotland for a short period and then returned to the U.S. where he moved to Mississippi. While living there, he verbally threatened Basinger in 2012. He was arrested and indicted on a single charge of retaliation, a third-degree felony. He was convicted and given a maximum sentence of three years in prison.
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