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Trial set for 2010 in Ohio wife's cyanide death

Trial set for 2010 in Ohio wife's cyanide death

A former international fugitive will go on trial next year in the cyanide death of his wife in suburban Cleveland after waiving his right Wednesday to a speedy trial.
His defense requested the time to prepare its case.
Judge Deena Calabrese set the trial for Jan. 19 for Yazeed Essa, 40, a former doctor in Ohio and a U.S. citizen whose family is from a Palestinian territory.
The judge asked him if he approved of waiting that long for his trial, and he quietly responded yes.
Essa, handcuffed while wearing a dark business suit, previously pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated murder in the 2005 death of his wife, Rosemarie Essa.
He was arrested in 2006 in Cyprus as he attempted to clear customs after arriving from Beirut, Lebanon. He was returned to Ohio in January after giving up a long extradition fight.
Prosecutors say Essa gave his 38-year-old wife, a former nurse, a capsule containing cyanide. They say she believed it was a calcium pill.
Rosemarie Essa's sport utility vehicle crashed into an oncoming car on Feb. 24, 2005. She had vomited inside and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Prosecutors on Wednesday asked the judge to support guarding the identities of three potential trial witnesses. Assistant prosecutor Steve Dever said their identities will be revealed to Essa's defense lawyers "at an appropriate time."
The prosecution has asked for a separate judge to decide a protective order for those witnesses.
Essa and his wife had two small children, who are being raised by her brother.


Updated : 2021-05-13 02:39 GMT+08:00