Judge postpones court date of man sentenced in '00 murder

Cassandra Betts
Cassandra Betts

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Tony Ringer, a man who made headlines for a Cincinnati murder more than a decade ago, appeared before a judge on Wednesday only to have his court date postponed.

Ringer was convicted in 2002 for the murder of his girlfriend, Cassandra Betts.

He has been serving as his own defense and, after several failed appeals, will appear in court on a technicality that the sentencing judge did not give him the terms of his probation if he ever were to be released.

Ringer is in the middle of serving a 21-year sentence for shooting Betts in a car back in 2000. 

Police said his girlfriend was pregnant at the time. Betts's 7-year-old daughter was in the back seat when her mother was killed.

Judge Nadine Allen removed herself from the case on Wednesday. Allen said she removed herself because she knew the family involved in the case. The case has been postponed to a later date with a new judge. The new date is unknown at this time.

Ringer's court appearance is not a re-sentencing. Rather, the new judge will give him the terms of his probation.

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