Trial begins for man accused of stabbing wife

YOUNGSTOWN — The aggravated murder trial of Francis Rydarowicz, accused of killing his wife at a motel, started Monday with jury selection, with testimony to begin today.

His trial had been pushed back after the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation found new evidence.

The material came from the cellphone of the victim, Katherine Rydarowicz, 41, his wife, whom he is accused of killing June 22, 2019, at the Kings Motel on U.S. Route 422 in Coitsville Township.

Rydarowicz, 50, of Hubbard, is charged with aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault and domestic violence in the stabbing death of his wife. She was found dead outside of the motel. Francis Rydarowicz also had stab wounds and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

At a hearing in April, Judge Anthony Donofrio agreed to a defense motion to postpone the trial to give the defense more time to review what defense attorney John Juhasz called a “voluminous” amount of material provided to the state’s crime lab.

Donofrio of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court said the Bureau of Criminal Investigation used “new technology” to pull information from the phone.


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