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Grand jury to convene Tuesday

Register • Oct 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM

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A special Sandusky County grand jury will begin to hear evidence about the March 2012 death of Jacob Limberios as early as Tuesday. 

An undated court order from visiting judge Dale Crawford instructs investigators and attorneys involved to keep all documents under seal. 

"The purpose of this grand jury is to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the death of Jacob Limberios," Crawford's order states. "The clerk of courts shall keep this entry and all other documents related to this grand jury under seal until further ordered by the court." 

Public disclosure of grand jury testimony is prohibited by law, but information about who is called to testify is generally available in court documents during grand jury proceedings.

The results of multiple investigations by the Sandusky County sheriff's office have been under seal for well over a year. Crawford removed local officials from the investigation in June, citing conflicts of interest in how it was being conducted. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was assigned to the investigation  

There's been speculation 50 or more witnesses, and possibly up to 100, could be called to testify. The Ohio AG's office previously stated the grand jury deliberations could extend several weeks. That means deliberations could coincide with the expected broadcast on Nov. 18-19 of two segments of the "Dr. Phil" program about the Jacob Limberios story. 

Two of the witnesses in the York Township home when Jake was killed were interviewed by show host Phil McGraw in September, and they both agreed to take lie detector tests on the program. 


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