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'I will stand with Jess Burdine'

Register • May 1, 2014 at 10:11 AM

For most of their lives they never knew each other. 

But Mike Limberios has worn the shoes Jess Burdine is wearing and Limberios plans to put those shoes back on next week.

Limberios said this morning he will attend the grand jury hearings at Sandusky County Courthouse next week.

 'I will stand with Jess Burdine," Limberios said. 

Jess Burdine will be a guest at 12:30 today on "Between the Lines Live." 

Limberios said Jess Burdine is deeply discouraged, fearing DeWine won't present information to the grand jurors to seek any criminal indictments in the death of his son, Craig Burdine, at the Sandusky County Jail on Aug. 11, 2007.

"We talked about our experiences with DeWine's office," Limberios said. "He said he wasn't getting anywhwere or getting any contact back from prosecutors."

Limberios said Burdine's concerns are well-founded.

"He's going to get that 'Sorry, Dad' letter from DeWine," he said, referring to the grand jury. "He's going to get that from a show. It's a dog and pony show and I don't understand that. If there really is no intention in pursuing wrongdoing in this why even convene a grand jury?"

DeWine has refused to say whether he will seek any criminal indictments from the grand jury, which is scheduled to get underway on Tuesday. 

Going to a grand jury

His prosecutors never interviewed famed forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, who reviewed the autopsy, witness statements and other evidence and determined Craig Burdine died from injuries caused by a jail guard who fractured the cartilage in his neck causing him to suffocate.

The failure to interview Baden prompted speculation that DeWine's prosecutors did not intend to present information that differs from the official story local officials told after Burdine died. They contend he died from a condition known as excited delerium, which is often used to explain deaths that occur suddenly when an individual is in police custody but is rarely used as a cause for deaths that don't involve police.   

Get Saturday's Register for more from the interview with Limberios.

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