The start of a Rittman woman’s retrial has been delayed again. The latest delay is due to Summit County’s Assistant Prosecutor tested positive for COVID on Monday. 41-year old Erica Stefanko is being retried for her role in a 2012 murder that was committed by her then-husband. Stefanko was previously convicted of aggravated murder in November of 2020 and sentenced to life in prison, but that conviction was overturned in 2022 due to a technicality concerning a video that was played in court during her original trial. Prosecutors requested a 30-day delay in the start of the trial yesterday morning, but the judge denied that request, instead taking a day-to-day approach. This is the second delay in Stefanko’s retrial. The first was caused last week when several jurors discussed the case before they had been warned against it. A second pool of jurors was brought in the following day, restarting the entire jury selection process.
Stefanko retrial delayed for the second time in as many weeks
Jan 17, 2024