DeWine to get Limberios death probe

Sandusky County investigator files restraining order against Limberios family attorney.
Emil Whitis
Feb 3, 2013

The stakes have been raised in the Jacob Limberios death investigation.  

On Friday, less than 24 hours after a Sandusky County prosecutor’s employee filed a restraining order against the Limberios family’s attorney, a lead investigator in the case promised to ask Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office to take over the investigation. 

Sandusky County Sheriff’s Detective Sean O’Connell has been tasked with re-investigating the March 2 shooting death of Jacob Limberios, 19, who suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head. 

In a lengthy phone conversation with the Register and the Limberios family’s attorney, Dan McGookey, O’Connell said he planned to ask the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to review his own investigation, as it’s about 95 percent finished. 

McGookey, however, told O’Connell he wants BCI agents to take over the investigation, given that O’Connell has essentially been investigating the work product of Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer, his boss, and other county officials.  

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O’Connell said he would “absolutely” ask DeWine’s office to take over the investigation — and he plans to make this request on Monday.  

The investigation into Jacob’s death has been rife with problems from the get-go.   

Sandusky County coroner John Wukie ruled the death an accidental suicide within hours of the incident. Overmyer and a handful of his deputies were also at the shooting scene that night, where they interviewed three people who were in the home with Jacob at the time. All three said Jacob shot and killed himself. 

Deputies left the scene without even collecting the fatal bullet from the home’s ceiling.   

In reviewing the evidence, the Limberios family hired McGookey, of Sandusky to push for answers. 

When Sandusky County leaders refused to re-examine the case, the family had Jacob’s body exhumed and sent to renowned forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht, who called Wukie’s ruling an oxymoron, since a suicide cannot be accidental. 

More importantly, Wecht issued a report Dec. 12 that determined Jacob’s death was most likely a homicide, not a suicide. 

In June, county prosecutor Tom Stierwalt had one of his investigators review the case. That employee, William Kaiser, brought in two of the three witnesses for a lie-detector test conducted by Ohio BCI employee Steven Stechschulte. 

The results: Both witnesses passed with flying colors, according to Kaiser’s report.  

But those results are now being refuted by polygraph experts, said McGookey, who is also gearing up to depose key players in the case, including Wukie, Overmyer, Kaiser and the three people who had been in the home with Jacob. 

When one of McGookey’s employees attempted to deliver a subpoena to Kaiser at his Rice Street home in November, Kaiser cussed at the employee and told her to get off his property. 

This past week, McGookey went to Kaiser’s home to deliver the subpoena.  

“The door was slammed in my face as hard as you can slam a door,” McGookey said. “So I stuck (the paperwork) in the screen door.” 

On Thursday, Kaiser filed a request in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court for a civil protection order against McGookey. In his written request, Kaiser said he knew McGookey was there to serve a subpoena.  

“Knowing that Prosecutor Tom Stierwalt had accepted service of this subpoena via email earlier in the day, I refused to answer the door,” Kaiser’s letter stated. “I went to the door, closed it and locked it, and observed McGookey and his guest sit in my driveway for 10 minutes.” 

The letter continued: “McGookey has engaged in a pattern of harassment and intimidation with the Prosecutor’s Office since May 2012 regarding a suspected suicide death of Jacob Limberios.” 

Sandusky County Common Pleas Court Judge John Dewey is scheduled to review Kaiser’s request for a restraining order at 9 a.m. Friday. McGookey and Kaiser must both attend the hearing, a court clerk said.  

 

Comments

BM536

" LET US ALL NOT LOSE FOCUS" The "PROBLEM" is the LACK of investigation that was done by the Sandusky county Sheriffs department. Had they focused on actually DOING what there PAID TO DO and investigate this tragic event by now the truth woulda came out and Jake could rest in peace and his family could begin to move on with their lives. However the lies and unprofessionalism that Kyle Overmeyer and his deputies along with other county officials continue to display is making it IMPOSSIBLE for the family to have closure and answers that they all are seeking. Had the Sheriffs department spent as much time finding the truth and facts as they have COVERING their own mistakes and lies as well as covering for their " COUNTY ELECTED BUDDIES" this poor family have have what they want and deserve..... THE TRUTH ! R.I.P Jake and We love you K, Ella and the limberios family.

Simple Enough II

So what if the truth of the matter is, that Jacob made the fatal error of mishandeling his firearm, what then?

wiredmama222

Then why has the Sheriff, the coronor and the DA not just come right out and said so through a deposition and been done with it? Why have all three REFUSED to be deposed? Why have they not cooperated one bit with anything? Why have they refused to answer any questions about the investigation, the body, the lack of an autopsy, the lack of the third person getting a lie detector test, the destruction of the bloody clothing of the person closest to him? All of it?

It would be so simple to just answer the questions and be done with it. Would you not agree that if Jacob made the fatal error in mishandling the firearm, they would be willing to answer all those questions and then some?

reader

How long until the next election for sheriff and coroner? Are you people in Sandusky County encouraging some competent candidates to oppose the present office holders?

BM536

Dear Reader.... Your exactly right however Hopefully we dont have to wait untill the next election. All involed in this "COVER UP" should loose their jobs ASAP ! And we could backfill their positions with some Monkeys and Blow fish untill the next elections, heck they could perform the same duties as what we have right now at this point !

BM536

FBI...BCI This county needs you more then ever !

Unabasho

Swept under the rug
Alas, too much dirt to hide
All see the big lump

commonsense1969

Coverup by the ruling class elites, plain and simple.

Julie R.

So has the Sandusky County Common Pleas Court judge ruled on that idiot crap yet that trying to serve a subpoena is harrassment and intimidation?

As I recall, attorneys and the Erie County courts (probate & the common pleas) pulled that identical idiot crap off on me. Once, for requesting records from an insurance agent and his insurance company who tried to say all of my deceased mother's 9 contracts had been "cancelled due to lack of payment" during the short time she was in a nursing home .......... and the second, when I tried to serve a subpoena on a Sandusky abstract title company for a copy of the title search report they did prior to that scam court-ordered sheriff sale of my deceased mother and stepfather's property. They actually locked their office door to keep from being served. After I tricked them into signing for it by certified mail, they rushed out and got an attorney and had Binette quash it.

wiredmama222

So have they ruled on McGookey "harassing' the poor man? All he did was try and serve the subpoena. I can't see ANY judge giving this a second glance and calling it harassment when Kaiser is playing duck-dodge and hide with a subpoena! LOL

Julie R.

"I can't see ANY judge giving this a second glance and calling it harassment."

I can't speak for Sandusky County but I know for a FACT the unethical clowns in corrupt Erie County would!

Julie R.

Darn good thing the idiots in Sandusky County didn't file that idiot restraining order against McGookey in Erie County or the joke judges in Erie County would of had to follow their own precedent. They would have had to treat the attorney McGookey the same way they treat others in corrupt Erie County.

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