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Murder-for-hire case goes to Ohio Supreme Court

Jessica Cuffman • May 7, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Thomas Ricks, 27, formerly of Detroit, was sentenced to life in prison in 2010 after he was convicted in the aggravated murder of Calvin Harper Jr. during a drug deal gone bad in 2008.

Ricks' case made it to the Supreme Court after Sixth District Court of Appeals judges issued a split opinion on the case. One judge contended the entire case should have been sent back for a retrial, because of hearsay testimony that was admitted, but shouldn't have been.

Prosecutor Kevin Baxter and Ohio Public Defender Kristopher Haines argued the point before Supreme Court justices Wednesday.

Watch a video of the proceedings below and pick up a copy of Friday's Register for more.

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