Attorneys ask for experts for Clinton murder trial

Accused killer Curtis Clinton appeared in Erie County Common Pleas Court on Monday for a brief pretrial hearing.
Jessica Cuffman
Oct 30, 2012

Clinton, 41, is accused of strangling to death Heather Jackson, 23, and her children, Celina, 3 and Wayne, 18-months. Their bodies were discovered in Jackson's John Street home Sept. 8 and Clinton was arrested for the murder two days later.

He also has been charged with sexually assaulting Celina and two counts of rape for an unrelated incident, in which he allegedly attacked a 17-year-old girl a week before the killings.

His attorneys also have filed motions asking the court to pay for mental health professionals to be appointed to the case and a death penalty expert.

The trial is scheduled to start in August next year, but the next hearing in the case will be Dec. 6.

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Only if there was a like button! There needs to be a like button! I second that motion and also motion it for Randleman! It's a lot cheaper!


LMAO, (Like button), I missed what was said but can only guess I would have liked it :)


It was something that shouldn't have been deleted. I didn't think it was horrible. So insignificant I can't remember what it said. But maybe 2 m's and a 9 were involved?

Seen it All

The only expert he deserves is an expert sharp shooter! They can even give him a running start, let him feel the fear for a minute.


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So much for the gag order! What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Wait! I got that wrong! For you 9mm lovers, what would make you any different from him if you administered that type of justice? I say, let the system work.

JERRY from SANDUSKY suporting him means your as bad as he is


Don't start Jerry, I am supporting the system. You don't know me or anything about me so chill with the judgement. Getting on here and talking tough serves no purpose! Supporting is spelled with two p's. FYI.


Tks for the pp info


Once again your right...i dont know anything about you but, he is innocent untill PROVEN WRONG. i pray for they family but he deserves the same treatment as any one else getting charge i no alot more about this case....

Seen it All

The BIGGEST difference is.. HE WOULD DESERVE IT! Second difference would be...he wouldn't be tortured like his victims. And last, but not least, we wouldn't sexually molest a baby while we were doing it!


True to all you say but you would be in a cell next to him or in place of him. Where's the justice in that? You may feel better allbeit in jail. Let the system work. It usually does.

Darwin's choice

"usually" would be the key word here.....


Only one l in albeit


It didn't the first time. Same goes for Randleman. When will USUALLY turn in to ALWAYS? It's time for the judges to give out harsher punishments, and for the lawyers to step up and fight harder to get those harsher punishments!


that's just it the system works to much for the scumm not the people.Case inpoint if the system worked Dunn would be alive today. If that scummbag would have got the 9MM the frist time


What system are you referring to? Criminals do get out of jail you know!

Erie County Resident

@deertracker I for one am not a 9mm lover.
I preffer to use a .45acp myself.


bodies Jessica, not body's. I pretty much agree with the other commenters on this one. he doesn't deserve a trial even.


reporter54..we dont need spell checkers you got the message


The defense knows the fact of dragging it out for a year or so will diminish public outrage and then will plea to life in prison instead of death penalty.

(PS. The sarge behind him looks like he wants Clinton to make a move so he can take him down in a instant)


ALL murderers are, by definition, mentally ill. Who in their right mind kills people outside of self defense? That being said, mental illness doesn't make the bad guy less bad or less dangerous to others. It also doesn't make the bad guy any less guilty. It just makes it even LESS likely he can ever be rehabilitated.

So, here's the REAL question: Execute this kind of bad guy? Or support him for the rest of his life with decent food, good healthcare, continuing education, etc., all at the expense of the taxpayer? And while his victims will never enjoy a meal or learn anything new ever again?

Sorry, it may sound cold, but I'm on board with the rest of the 9mm crowd!

A Mazed

He should have never been allowed to see the light of day after the first murder. He would never be rehabilitated, why even give him the benefit of the doubt. This time around he should pay for his crimes and get the death penalty, which would knock that unremorseful smirk off his face permanently!


I DISAGREE. Alot of murderers are just fine mentally. Just because you may not be in your right mind does not make you mentally ill. Some are just crazy! Some are just evil. Mentally ill? I think NOT!


innocent until proven guilty? what are you talkin about? innocent of what? not dismembering bodies. he did it period. is there another suspect? i didnt think so! we dont need to tie up time and money with this fool. the only thing that needs tied up, is the noose around his neck. downtown on the square would be best!!


Double like!!! Totally agree


English please?


I am wishing they had like buttons because I liked the comment. And I totally agreed. Clear it up for ya?


Forget the bullets. Give her brother 10 minutes in a locked room with him.