The 9th District Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a Rittman woman who was sentenced to life in prison last year for the role she played in the murder of a 25-year old woman back in 2012. The court ruled Wednesday that Erica Stefanko’s rights were violated when her ex-husband, who was convicted of the murder, was permitted to testify at her trial from prison, via video, because of COVID concerns. Stefanko’s trial took place in November of 2020 during the height of the COVID pandemic. The court’s judgement moves the 39-year old’s case back to Summit County, where the prosecutor’s office will decide whether or not to appeal yesterday’s ruling.
Rittman woman’s murder conviction overturned by Court of Appeals
Jul 28, 2022