COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Supreme Court has reversed a murder count but upheld the death sentence for an Akron man convicted of killing an elderly man and wounding his wife during a robbery of their home.
The court upheld Hersie Wesson's death sentence Wednesday, rejecting a number of arguments from the 56-year-old, including that a statement to police shouldn't have been allowed at trial, and he was denied the right to present a complete defense.
The court reversed Wesson's murder conviction over a procedural error at trial, but upheld a second murder conviction and found his death sentence appropriate.
Wesson was convicted of stabbing his former neighbor, 81-year-old Emil Varhola, to death and stabbing his wife multiple times during a robbery in February 2008. Seventy-seven-year-old Mary Varhold survived by playing dead.