CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal appeals panel has upheld a decision denying an Ohio inmate's appeal of his death sentence for a murder that took place in Guernsey County nearly 30 years ago.
John David Stumpf has had his death sentence upheld and rejected by courts over the years, including an earlier ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that set Stumpf's death penalty aside. The Supreme Court reversed that ruling and ordered the appeals court to consider Stumpf's argument that his due process rights were violated at sentencing. The 6th Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling denying Stumpf's appeal. Stumpf argued new evidence after his trial indicated another man may have fired shots that killed Mary Jane Stout in a robbery near New Concord, in 1984. Stumpf's attorney, Alan Freedman, says they'll appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.