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'My life will never be the same again,' Houser tells media

Published: Wed, May 30, 2012 @ 2:00 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Jamar Houser said the recently dismissed capital murder case against him has ruined his life.

"My life will never be the same again," he told members of the media during a news conference today.

He admonished law enforcement officials and prosecutors to focus on actual evidence instead of hearsay when investigating a capital murder case.

He also said he is considering some type of legal action against the county.

Houser, 20, had been charged with the Jan. 23, 2010, murder of Angeline Fimognari, 80, of Sheridan Road, in the parking lot of St. Dominic Church on the South Side. Fimognari was shot in the head. Her purse was missing, leading police to believe she was a victim of robbery turned deadly.

The case against Houser was turned on a palm print left on the door of Fimognari’s car at the time of her murder. Police checked that print against Houser and found there to be no match.

Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains last week announced that murder charges against the accused man would be dismissed. He was released from the county jail last week after more than two years' incarceration.

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