Death row killer to receive new sentencing

David Steffen (Courtesy Ohio Department of Corrections)
David Steffen (Courtesy Ohio Department of Corrections)

CINCINNATI (AP) - A convicted killer on death row for the stabbing death of an Ohio woman in 1982 has been granted a new sentencing hearing.

A Hamilton County judge said Tuesday that a new jury must determine a sentence for David Steffen, who was convicted of the aggravated murder and rape of 19-year-old Karen Range in Roselawn in southwest Ohio.

Steffen was a door-to-door soap salesman who admitted killing Range, but denied raping her. Steffen was exonerated of the rape last year through DNA tests.

Steffen's attorneys argue that he was sentenced to death based in part on the added rape conviction.

Steffen told police he tried to rape Range but was physically unable to do so.

Former Hamilton County morgue worker Kenneth Douglas, of Cincinnati, admitted last year that he had sex with Range's body before her autopsy. He was convicted of gross abuse of a corpse.

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