Accused killer's retrial set for August

He allegedly shot Calvin Harper Jr. in 2008 during drug deal
Courtney Astolfi
Jun 4, 2014

astolfi@sanduskyregister.com

Re-trial dates have been set for a man accused of the 2008 shooting death of a Sandusky man.

Thomas Ricks, 29, will again have his day in court, after the Ohio Supreme Court determined hearsay testimony had been presented at his first trial in 2010 and sent the case back to Erie County for a second look.

On Monday, Ricks appeared in an Erie County courtroom to hash out scheduling details.

His second jury trial is now slated for Sept. 9, while his last opportunity to accept a plea will be Aug. 25.

Erie County prosecutors offered Ricks a deal earlier this year: plead guilty in exchange for a 30-to-life prison sentence

Ricks' attorney, Jeffry Kelleher, reiterated Monday that his client would not be accepting that deal.

In 2008, Ricks shot and killed Calvin Harper Jr. in his Sandusky home, the result of a drug deal gone bad.

Prosecutors said Aaron Gipson, of Detroit, hired Ricks for the kill so they could rob Harper of $20,000 in drug money.

During Ricks' 2010 trial, a police officer testified about a conversation he and Gipson had, which essentially identified Ricks as the man Gipson hired.

The Ohio Supreme Court, tasked with reviewing the case for a separate issue, then determined the police officer's testimony was an instance of hearsay, and sent the case back to Erie County for a re-trial.

Ricks was transferred from prison to the Erie County jail in November, following the Supreme Court's ruling. He remains there on $2 million bond.

Comments

doctorsRdrugdealer

Put him in old sparky and tell him have a nice day! Thanks for wasting our time.....

gene44870

Not mention tax dollars .

hard2believe

Be done with him, but first thank him for getting rid of another Sandusky loser!

doctorsRdrugdealer

nice choice of words hard2believe. Your probly some want abe yuppy, that never made it..No matter what the circumstances are someone lost there life that maybe could of turned things around for the better if he was still here. Instead they bring this loser back to waste our time and our tax dollors and
rub it in this mans family. Its not hard2believe your living in your moms basement! lol

hard2believe

Umm..no i am not living in my moms basement. Did you reread what you typed? I dont think you have any right talking about anyone. Maybe if these people would live a better life, get jobs..ect...there would be less stories like this.