In a one-sentence court filing on Thursday, Dewey said he is stepping aside.
"Judge John P. Dewey hereby recuses himself from further involvement in the above-captioned matter," the court filing states.
Dewey's decision comes months after he and fellow Sandusky County Common Pleas Judge Barbara Ansted appointed Tiffin attorney Dean Henry the special prosecutor in a new criminal investigation of the killing of Jacob Limberios on March 2, 2012, even though Henry already was serving as defense counsel for the county in a lawsuit filed by the Limberios family.
Dewey and Ansted both have now been removed from the case, leaving Henry's status to be determined. They have refused to respond to numerous inquiries about the conflicts of their involvement and Thursday's court filing offered no clarification or explanation why the move was made.
Both judges also have refused to address questions that arose after Sandusky County court administrator administrator Brock Kimmet allegedly met privately with a key witness and was heard telling her to "stick to her story."
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