Man faces murder charge in wife’s death

A man facing murder charges in the methadone overdose death of his wife faces trial next month in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court.
Sandusky Register Staff
Dec 14, 2013

Jason Risenburg, 38, is charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs for the April 2, 2012, death of Beth Risenburg, 31.

Toxicology reports received months after her death showed she died of a methadone overdose. Jason had a prescription for the narcotic prescribed to people trying to wean themselves off heroin or other strong opiates.

He was indicted on the charges in January after prosecutors presented the case to a grand jury.

Attorneys met this week in the case for a suppression hearing, regarding evidence in the case.

The trial had been scheduled for December but has been pushed back to Jan. 27, 2014, according to court records.

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Maureen S's picture
Maureen S

I am the mother of Beth Spaulding - Risenburg. Beth is the beautiful inside and out, intelligent, loving, giving and talented young woman that this article is, or should be about.
I read the article and thought that I should make one correction. Although it is true that methadone is used to aid those trying to break their addiction to heroin and other opiates that is not why Jason Risenburg was given a prescription for it. He was on methadone for pain, an increasingly common use of the drug.
Do not confuse my comment in any way to be in support of or an excuse for Jason's actions. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am however, determined to be honest and factual about the case and what took place. There is no need to vilify him or embellish the facts. What he did was horrific, vile, disgusting and worse. There is therefore no need to let the misinformation that he was on the medication he killed my baby girl with for opiate addiction to stand uncorrected.
We hope the case against him for Beth's murder will go forward on the 27th of January.
We are confident that the facts and evidence gathered by Detective Jason Kiddey and the case developed from that evidence by Tom Steirwalt will put Jason where he belongs, jail.

Maureen S's picture
Maureen S

I am the mother of Beth Spaulding - Risenburg. Beth is the beautiful inside and out, intelligent, loving, giving and talented young woman that this article is, or should be about.
I read the article and thought that I should make one correction. Although it is true that methadone is used to aid those trying to break their addiction to heroin and other opiates that is not why Jason Risenburg was given a prescription for it. He was on methadone for pain, an increasingly common use of the drug.
Do not confuse my comment in any way to be in support of or an excuse for Jason's actions. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am however, determined to be honest and factual about the case and what took place. There is no need to vilify him or embellish the facts. What he did was horrific, vile, disgusting and worse. There is therefore no need to let the misinformation that he was on the medication he killed my baby girl with for opiate addiction to stand uncorrected.
We hope the case against him for Beth's murder will go forward on the 27th of January.
We are confident that the facts and evidence gathered by Detective Jason Kiddey and the case developed from that evidence by Tom Steirwalt will put Jason where he belongs, jail.

Commenter

I am very sorry for your loss. What a kind person you are to make the correction.

MBR

Rest in peace, Beffy. Your family and friends miss you tremendously. May justice be served.