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George Brinkman will remain on death row for pleading guilty to murder in another case. WKYC
La Ohio Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of a man who pleaded guilty to killing three women, citing a trial court error.
The High Court of the state on Wednesday overturned the aggravated murder conviction of George C. Brinkman, 49, after ruling on Wednesday that a courtTrial Chamber had not informed him that he was waiving his rights to confront witnesses during the June 2017 murders by pleading guilty, depending on " the decision .
"We therefore set aside Brinkman's convictions and sentences and return the case to the trial court for new edings proceedings, ”the judges wrote in a 7-0 decision.
Brinkman initially pleaded not guilty to the murder of 42-year-old Suzanne Taylor and her two daughters , Taylor Pifer, 21, and Kylie Pifer, 18, in their north. Royalton at his home outside of Cleveland.
Brinkman then changed his guilty plea and a three-judge panel sentenced him to death. But Cuyahoga County judges failed to read Brinkman a full list of his constitutional rights, including to force prosecutors to prove his guilt beyond any doubt.isonnable.
"Here, the court of first instance, as well as the lawyer for state and defense, failed to meet the expected and essential standard of diligence of our criminal justice system, ”wrote Chief Justice Maureen O 'Connor. "This inattention is unacceptable, especially in a case like this where a death sentence is at stake.
Brinkman's lawyer told Cleveland.com that he welcomed the decision, but added that he didn 't 'There was "no excuse " for the error.
Prosecutors said Brinkman tied Suzanne Taylor (right) and her daughters, Taylor Pifer and Kylie Pifer, by their wrists and ankles before they kill. Facebook
"Saying what I guess is obvious: the court did the right thing," said the Lawyer Jeffrey Gamso. "What happened is clear. The simplest procedure that everyone in the courtroom has done hundreds of times, they've done it wrong. No one has done it wrong. didn't care, and it was a death penalty case. "
Prosecutors said Brinkman tied the three women by their wrists and ankles before killing them, slicing Taylor's throat and strangling and suffocating his daughters. Brinkman grew up with Taylor, while his daughters were students at Kent State University and Bowling Green University, Cleveland.com reported .
The "prosecutors have said Brinkman then traveled to County Stark after killing Taylor and his daughters and shooting another couple, Rogell John, 71, and his wife, Roberta John, 64, in June 2017.
Brinkman initially pleaded not guilty to killing the mother and daughters, before changing his plea to guilty. AP
Brinkman pleaded guilty to killing the Johns and was sentenced to death in that case.will be on death row since Wednesday's decision does not affect that sentence, Cleveland.com reported.
The decision, an office spokesperson said of the prosecutor deemed "unhappy ", now returns the case to Cuyahoga County Court of Pleadings for new proceedings.
Brinkman shot dead Rogell John and his wife, Roberta John, in June 2017, prosecutors said. Facebook
"This is a very unfortunate decision that will cause further trauma for the families of these victims Cuyahoga County Attorney's Office spokesman Tyler Sinclair told Cleveland.com. "We sympathize with them and share their frustration and disappointment. We remain committed to ensuring that this accused is held accountable. . ”