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Robert Girts to be released from jail

Published: Fri, February 1, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Denise Dick



A Poland native awaiting a third trial in the poisoning death of his third wife will be released from Cuyahoga County jail within about a week.

A court spokesman said that prosecutors and Robert Girts’ defense attorneys Thursday reached an agreement on conditions of Girts’ bond.

One of those conditions is that Girts, 59, be on electronic home monitoring. He is to live with a relative in Poland. Girts remains in jail while the county’s probation department makes arrangements for home monitoring.

Girts had been remanded to jail last week after prosecutors requested an emergency hearing. The prosecutors in the motion requesting the hearing said Girts was a danger to his fourth wife.

Girts was convicted twice of killing his third wife, Diane, in 1992 in Parma. Prosecutors said she died of cyanide poisoning.

Before being sent to jail, Girts had been visiting his fourth wife at work and bringing her coffee. The woman had been feeling ill and vomiting, according to a court motion.

“The state anticipates that evidence will show that [Girts] admitted” to his wife “that he looked up antifreeze ingestion on the Internet,” the motion says. “He gave three accounts of why this was done.”

The prosecutors also said that Girts was living at an apartment in Ashtabula rather than in Poland as he was ordered.

Both of his convictions for killing Diane Girts were overturned, and in 2007 a federal judge ordered Girts’ release unless the state court granted him a new trial within 180 days of the decision.

Girts wasn’t retried within six months, and in November 2008, he was released from prison on $100,000 bond pending retrial. His third trial is set for August.

The federal judge also ordered at that time that Girts was not to be confined while awaiting his third trial.

Girts’ first wife, the former Terrie Morris, died at 25 while married to Girts. Initially, a swollen heart was believed to be the cause. Her body was exhumed after Diane Girts’ death, but pathologists didn’t detect poison. No charges were filed in Morris’ death.


1dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

prosecuters requested an emergency meeting because of this man being a danger but they let him back out? are you people for real? put the wife in jail for her own good too since she was too stupid to call cops when he showed up at her job and then drank the coffee. this is just unreal.

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2rebelchick2010(9 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

How about you eff off cause you don't know the exact details. People assume crap. Cause you'd do the right thing if you were in her shoes...probably nit

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3rebelchick2010(9 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

And for your fyi, she called the detective on the case.

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4dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

uh fyi i would not be STUPID enough to drink or eat anything from him and YES i would call the cops if he showed up at my job breaking a restraining order. and i just comment on the article, so you eff off ok?

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5rebelchick2010(9 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

How about not, you dont know a thing about any of this just what the internet says. I know it all cause i know the lady personally. And like i said dumb moron,SHE CALLED THE DETECTIVE WHOS BEEN ON THE CASE FOR 20 YEARS! Cops around here dont do crap. And never did she drink or eat what he gave her shes smarter then that

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6dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

oh i am so sorry, the paper must have got it all wrong huh?

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7rebelchick2010(9 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Um yeah

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8dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

and the courts? and the police? and herself that told them she drank the coffee? really????????????? well he must just be a model person then and shame on all those people for lying. haha

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9rebelchick2010(9 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Hey moron have you ever thought that its called Media, they get arise out of stupid people like you to make crap up. She never told them she drank the coffee, he threatened her cause ive been sitting right next to her while she was talking to them. So get your facts straight!

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10dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

ya ok, then why has she not called the paper and demanded a retraction of what was written?

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11rebelchick2010(9 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Did dumb moron

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12dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

ok moron, and i just guess they told her no right? your version of what happened is so right i better call my friend on the police force and tell them they were wrong, then my brother the deputy up there in Lake County and ask what is wrong with fellow officers in neighboring counties that nobody came to her job and did anything for her. and then finally i will have to ask my editor why the story was written in the first place.

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13rebelchick2010(9 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Go ahead bimbo (:

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14dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

the name you use on here suits the ignorant person you are with the name calling. loser

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