Kenneth Richey death penalty case timeline

Key dates in the Ohio death penalty case against U.S.-British citizen Kenneth Richey:

  • June 30, 1986: Two-year-old Cynthia Collins, who lived with her mother in an apartment above Richey's former girlfriend, dies in a fire in Columbus Grove, Ohio.
  • 1987: Richey is sentenced to die after being convicted of aggravated murder, aggravated arson, child endangering and breaking and entering. Authorities say he set the fire to target his former girlfriend and her new boyfriend, who both escaped.
  • 1992: State courts uphold his conviction in the beginning of a series of rejected appeals.
  • 2005: The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in Cincinnati overturns Richey's conviction and sentence in January; the U.S. Supreme Court in November tells the appeals court its decision was flawed and sends the case back to that court.
  • Aug. 10, 2007: 6th Circuit again rules that Richey should get a new trial or be freed in 90 days.
  • Aug. 27, 2007: Richey's attorney says the state intends to retry his client rather than appealing the 6th Circuit decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Sept. 17, 2007: Richey is transferred from a state prison in Mansfield to the Putnam County jail in Ottawa to await a new trial.
  • Oct. 2, 2007: A judge sets a $10 million bond for Richey at his first court appearance since his death sentence and murder conviction were overturned.
  • Dec. 19, 2007: Richey's attorney says a plea agreement will allow Richey to be freed after he pleads no contest to attempted involuntary manslaughter, child endangering and breaking and entering.