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Attorney seeks mistrial on first day of murder testimony

October 21, 2019 News Extra

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Ishemer Ramsey

The defense attorney for a Lyndora man accused of a 2017 murder was full of outrage and objections on the first day of his client's Butler County trial Monday.

At one point, he asked the judge to call for a mistrial. The request was denied.

Prosecutors began making their case Monday in a nonjury trial in an attempt to convince Judge William Shaffer that Ishemer Ramsey, 23, killed Melissa Barto on June 8, 2017.

Her body was discovered on a Lawrence County farm. But before Assitant District Attorney Terri Schultz, prosecuting the case, could lay out her case, Ramsey's lawyer Christopher Capozzi conceded a few points while assuring the judge that his client did not kill Barto. “The District Attorney will not prove that he killed or that he conspired to kill her,” Capozzi said in his opening statements, adding that they admit that Ramsey tampered with evidence in the case, abused Barto's corpse and conspired with a man named James Howard George.

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