Sheila McLaughlin reports:
Lawyers for a West Chester man sentenced to death for the Valentine’s Day stabbing of his girlfriend’s boss will ask the Ohio Supreme Court during a hearing Tuesday to toss out his conviction and sentence.
A three-judge panel in Butler County sentenced Greg Osie to death three years ago for the 2009 fatal stabbing of David Williams, 53, of Liberty Township. Williams had accused Osie’s girlfriend of stealing $18,000 from his company.
Prosecutors said Osie, now 52, killed Williams on Valentine’s Day to keep him from going to police about the theft, then staged Williams’ home to appear that he was killed in a botched burglary. Williams was stabbed 10 times in the chest and abdomen and his throat was slashed three times.
Osie was convicted of aggravated murder, murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence. Judges who heard the case were Noah Powers, Charles Pater and Patricia Oney in Butler County Common Pleas Court.
Osie appealed to the state’s highest court alleging that 19 errors occurred during his trial. Osie’s lawyers contend that Osie’s rights were violated when he was not given the chance to make a statement during his sentencing hearing.