State’s highest court denies Richardson appeal
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio Supreme Court has declined jurisdiction in the Skylar Richardson case which means it won’t be hearing it, that according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.
The Carlisle teen is accused of killing her newborn baby and burying it in the backyard.
Richardson’s attorneys appealed to the state’s highest court, hoping it might overturn the decision from the 12th District Court of Appeals,
Last October, that court ruled that Richardson’s statements, reactions, and conversations during her physician appointments before and after delivering her baby can be offered at trial.
The defense team had argued that physician-client privilege is protected under law.
Richardson is charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and child endangering.
The former high school cheerleader, then 18-years-old, is accused of killing her newborn baby “Annabelle,” burning the remains in the family’s fire pit and then burying the remains in the backyard.
Shortly after her arrest, Prosecutor David Fornshell said Richardson “purposely” caused the death of her baby. He described Richardson’s high-pressure life with a family “obsessed” with external appearances.
Richardson’s next pre-trial conference is scheduled for April 23rd. Her attorney, Charlie Rittgers, could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. FOX19Now has reached out to him for comment on the latest decision, but have not heard back yet. We will continue to update the story as new developments come in.
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