Written By: Ishton W. Morton – January 20th, 2017
On Friday, January 13th, 2017 Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced changes in prosecution team for Tensing trial.
The Tensing trial is scheduled for May 2017. However, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters has announced a change in the prosecution team for that trial. Subsequently, Mr. Deters, Mr. Piepmeier and Mr. Gibson will no longer be assigned to the case.
Accordingly, Chief Assistant Prosecutors Seth Tieger and Stacey DeGraffenreid will be prosecuting the Tensing case.
However, during an interview on Talk Radio 700 WLW with Bill Cunningham, Deters said, “It was a very tough decision for me and Mark and Rick to come to because we felt very strongly about the Tensing case.”
Nonetheless, Deters continued to explain, “Both the Tensing and Anthony Kirkland retrials are set in May 2017 and it will be impossible for me to adequately prepare for both cases.
Additionally, Deters said himself and the other two assistant prosecutors in the first trial will instead focus on the May resentencing of Anthony Kirkland, who was sentenced to death in 2010 for killing two teenage girls and burning their bodies. He also pleaded guilty in 2010 to killing two women. The Ohio Supreme Court last year granted him a new sentencing hearing.
Subsequently, Even though one or both of these cases may be reset, it is important that both of these serious cases have prosecution teams who can devote the time needed to prepare for these retrials. Mr. Piepmeier, Mr. Gibson and I will handle serial killer Anthony Kirkland’s case and veteran prosecutors Seth Tieger and Stacey DeGraffenreid are now assigned to the Tensing case.
Also, Seth and Stacey will bring a fresh set of eyes to the case and will have the time necessary to prepare for the retrial.
This was a hard decision for me, as I feel strongly about prosecuting the Tensing case myself, but it is crucial that both cases have prosecutors assigned who can properly prepare.”