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Supervision of Girts moved to Cuyahoga County

Published: Thu, August 16, 2012 @ 12:08 a.m.



By Denise Dick



Supervision of a Poland native accused of killing his third wife will be moved from Mahoning County to Cuyahoga County.

That decision came after a bond-revocation hearing Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court for Robert Girts, 59. The judge declined to revoke his $100,000 bond.

Girts twice was convicted of aggravated murder in the 1992 death of his third wife, Diane. Prosecutors said she died of potassium-cyanide poisoning.

The first conviction was reversed by a state appeals court in 1994, and in a second trial, Girts was convicted in 1995 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. But the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals later found prosecutorial misconduct in that second trial and reversed the conviction.

He was released from prison in November 2008 when the state failed to retry him within six months.

He awaits a third trial.

Cuyahoga County prosecutors sought the bond revocation a few days after a Brookfield Township police report showed Girts’ fourth wife, whom he married after his release from prison, told her work supervisor that Girts was stalking her and threatened to kill her if she left him.

The wife told police that she was hiding from Girts.

Under the order, Girts and his wife are prohibited from contact with each other, and his travel is limited between Mahoning and Cuyahoga counties for court and doctor’s appointments.

After his 2008 release from prison, he was being supervised by Community Corrections Association as a courtesy to Cuyahoga. CCA’s chief probation officer this week said the agency planned to return that responsibility to Cuyahoga.

Girts had been living in Poland Township with a relative, but after the hearing, he told the CCA probation officer that he was living in both Brookfield and Poland and traveling back and forth, the officer said.


1southsidedave(5126 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, let Cleveland deal with the thug...he will feel more at home with their thugs

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2jcap0319(2 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

He's no thug, he is a smart evil creep who has a fixation about death which he thinks he can control. Cuyahoga should fit him with an ankle bracelet locator to be able to track him wherever he goes.

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3ritchie127(2 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

This is crazy, he has been being supervised?!!? I don't think so, this guy lived down the street from me in a funeral home in New Brighton, PA for the last year and just recently moved away. I used to see him walking his dog every evening. I don't know what type of supervision he was supposed to be getting but obviously you can tell these people you live wherever you want AND THEY BELIEVE YOU!! This is some scary stuff, if the authorities would go into New Brighton and show his picture around the Cambell Funeral home area I guarantee they would find out everyone here knows him and how long he has been living here!! I am in total agreeance that this guy hould be wearing an ankle bracelet so they know where he is at all times. If the authorities don't know anything about him living in PA to begin with then whats going to stop him from coming back here to hide out or even to live again? I doubt anyone here knows anything about this creep, I had to travel to Youngstown for work and imagine my surprise when I read your local news and saw this information on a guy I saw walking by my house everyday!! How does the court system just take this guy at his word and believe him when he says he has never moved!! I for one will be sure everyone in my neighborhood knows to keep their eyes out for this guy cause since he has moved from here I have seen him back here a couple times, for what who knows!!

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