Brother files complaint against Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter

SANDUSKY Kevin Baxter could end up in court. But this time he would be sitting on a d
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Kevin Baxter could end up in court.

But this time he would be sitting on a different side of the table.

His brother, Edward J. Baxter of Thornfield, Mo., filed a criminal complaint against the county prosecutor Monday in Erie County Common Pleas Court.

Edward is requesting a special prosecutor to examine possible misconduct by Kevin, according to court records.

Between January 1997 and December 2004 Kevin used his position as an elected official to "enrich himself at a public expense" by committing theft in office, Edward claims.

In addition, Kevin forced his sibling to sign onto a probate court agreement to obtain property, money and time. And on a separate occasion he tried to influence a criminal trial witness, the filing states.

Edward also asserts Kevin used his position to sway officers in 2004 to surround his then residence in Palm Springs, Fla. with loaded weapons.

He filed the request on his own behalf and is asking Judge Tygh Tone preside over the matter. Edward declined talking about his most recent filing, but said he is asking Tone be appointed because the other judges have worked with Kevin in the past, which would create conflicts of interest.

"I really can't comment, and I wish I could," he said.

Kevin also declined to speak about the most recent filing, but said the same allegations have been used in the past by his brother.

"I really don't have anything to say about it," he said.

Edward asked in 2001 to have a special prosecutor appointed to investigate Kevin. Juvenile Court Judge Robert DeLamatre was appointed to that case and denied the request, court records state.

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