Ohio Murderer Denied Post-Conviction Relief on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Grounds

A convicted murderer was denied post-conviction relief by the Meigs County Common Pleas Court.

Paula Rizer had been previously convicted of murder in the shooting death of her husband, Kenneth Rizer, Sr. at the couple’s home.  Rizer was charged with aggravated murder in the death and was eventually convicted of murder during a trial in January 2010.

The defendant filed the petition for post-conviction relief asserting that her counsel was ineffective in not objecting to the testimony of an expert witness who opined that she was not suffering from battered wife syndrome at the time she killed her husband.  The expert had relied, in part, upon inconsistencies in the defendant’s statements.

The court said, “Even if some of [the expert’s] testimony was objectionable and a failure to object could be determined to fall below an objective level of reasonable representation, defendant has failed to prove that . . . the failure to object prejudiced the defense so as to deprive the defendant of a fair trial.”


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