Death Row Case

Appeals court to re-consider Guernsey County death penalty case

A federal appeals court said today it will take a fresh look at an eastern Ohio murder case. The Sixth US Circuit Court of Appeals erased its earlier decision to throw out an Ohio death row prisoner's conviction in the 1984 shooting of a Guernsey County woman.

The appeals court now will re-hear the case in Cincinnati on a date to be scheduled later. The Ohio attorney general's office says the re-hearing will allow the state to argue that inmate John Stumpf was properly convicted and sentenced to death for killing Mary Jane Stout. Stumpf says an accomplice was the one who actually shot Stout during a robbery of her home. Authorities said Stout's husband was also shot, but he survived. The 43-year-old Stumpf remains on death row at the Mansfield Correctional Institution. His execution is on hold while his appeal is pending.