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Randleman trial proceeding again after delays

Jessica Cuffman • Apr 21, 2012 at 9:17 AM

The case against accused cop killer Kevin Randleman is moving forward again after a few months delay.

An expert in his defense fell ill during pregnancy earlier this year and was bedridden for weeks, stymieing a report she needed to finish before the case could move forward.

At a pretrial hearing Friday, attorney Robert Dixon told Erie County Common Pleas Judge Tygh Tone she would be finished and the report delivered to prosecutors by May 1.

Then the state will have another three months for its expert to review and refute the report’s findings.

How the case against Randleman proceeds from there will depend on those experts’ opinions and reports, and how attorneys argue about Randleman’s mental competency at an Atkins hearing scheduled for August 23.

Rulings at that hearing could effect Randleman’s ultimate fate.

He faces the possibility of the death penalty if he is convicted of aggravated murder for killing Sandusky police Officer Andrew Dunn on March 19, 2011.

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More about Atkins precedent

In an Atkins hearing, attorneys look to establish whether a defendant has:

• significantly sub-average intellectual functioning.

• significant limitations in two or more adaptive skills

• evidence of mental illness or mental deficiencies before age 18.

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