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October 20, 2017
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State to retry U.S.-British citizen in 1986 death
(WOUB) - A prosecutor will drop appeals of a death
penalty case and retry a U.S.-British citizen accused of setting a
fire that killed a 2-year-old-girl in a 1986.

Attorney General Marc Dann says Putnam County Prosecutor Gary
Lammers made the decision to retry Kenneth Richey after discussing
the case with the family of Cynthia Collins and with Dann.

A message seeking comment was left at Lammers' office.

The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this month ruled that Richey be released or retried within 90 days because of ineffective counsel at his murder trial.

The court said expert testimony could have contended that the fire wasn't intentionally set but caused by something else.

Lawyer Ken Parsigian, who now represents Richey but did not at
his original trial, said the state's case will be tough to prove 21 years later.

Witnesses have died, become incapacitated or cannot be found, he said.

Richey grew up in Scotland and became a British citizen while in prison.

He came to live with his American-born father in the early 1980s.
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