Tag Archives: wrongful convictions

Half a Lifetime Ago

Today, November 23 2022, is Jeff’s birthday: he is 62 years old. Soon after his 31st birthday – half his lifetime ago – someone murdered a child that he knew; he has never wanted to celebrate his birthday since. Birthdays … Continue reading

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Thirty Long Years

Today, November 24, 2021, marks thirty long years since the very sad time when 10 year-old Amber Garrett was reported missing from her home. As well as being saddened to hear that a child he knew had been murdered, Jeffrey … Continue reading

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Peggy Garrett Acting Weird

Two witnesses have added their testimony to the mountain of evidence that calls Jeffrey Wogenstahl’s murder conviction into question.[i] Donald and Melissa Ellis described Peggy Garrett as “acting weird” in the company of a tall man in the Waffle House … Continue reading

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Optimism in Ohio

The last few months have seen Ohio edging ever closer to repealing the death penalty. In December Governor DeWine remarked, “Lethal injection appears to us to be impossible from a practical point of view today.” Executions had then been on hold … Continue reading

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Jeff’s 60th Birthday

Today, November 23, 2020, Jeffrey Wogenstahl turns 60. He never celebrates his birthday: it’s too harsh a reminder that soon after his 31st birthday, someone murdered a little girl that he knew. Amber Garrett’s body was found in Bright, Indiana, … Continue reading

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Jurisdiction Ruling: a Reassuring Footnote

A Sixth Circuit court has denied[i] Jeffrey Wogenstahl the opportunity to make a separate appeal to establish whether Ohio had jurisdiction to try him. Jeff wanted to appeal an Ohio Supreme Court’s ruling[ii] from 2017. In that ruling the majority … Continue reading

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Eric Horn: Not Lured Away

Troy Beard lived near the home of the victim in Jeffrey Wogenstahl’s case. It was the short distance to Beard’s apartment that Jeffrey Wogenstahl drove Eric Horn in the early hours of November 24, 1991.[i] At Jeff’s trial, Horn claimed … Continue reading

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Wogenstahl is actually innocent.

Jeffrey Wogenstahl has filed a claim of actual innocence* in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. The standard to be met for such a claim is very high, requiring that: “evidence not available or presented at trial, in combination … Continue reading

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Joe Deters’ Omissions

A recent article about the current state of Ohio’s death penalty touches on the case of Jeffrey Wogenstahl. It allows us to glimpse the reaction of the lead prosecutor at Jeff’s trial, Joe Deters, to Jeff’s ongoing claim of innocence. … Continue reading

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Conservatives Opposing the Death Penalty

A Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) seems an unlikely setting for action against the US death penalty: conservatives have hitherto been associated with an unthinking “tough on crime” philosophy that included support for capital punishment. Perhaps all this is set … Continue reading

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