JUST IN: Accused killer released from prison

PORT CLINTON Scott Speer, who was convicted in the drowning death of his friend, was given the optio
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

PORT CLINTON

Scott Speer, who was convicted in the drowning death of his friend, was given the option of going home today.

As part of his release, Speer must wear an electronic monitor and stay in Summit and Cuyahoga counties.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals, located in Toledo, decided unanimously last week to throw out Speer's aggravated vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter conviction because a deaf juror could not hear a 911 tape that was used to convict the Fairlawn man.

Speer was charged with murder and aggravated murder after his friend, James Barnett, 39, fell from Speer's 24-foot power boat and drowned Aug. 6, 2002. The two men were returning from South Bass Island in bad weather.

Law enforcement claims Speer pushed Barnett off the boat.

Read more in Thursday's Register.