Former Springboro cop loses appeal in wife-killing
9 Jun 2008
A former Springboro police lieutenant serving 15 to 50 years in prison for plotting the slaying of his wife lost his latest request for a new trial on Monday. Jim Barton, who worked as second in command at the Springboro police department, had twice asked for his conviction to be thrown out because his defense lawyer didn't contest the use of hypnosis on a witness for the prosecution. Both times, the Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals in Middletown rejected his arguments. In February 2005, Barton was convicted by a jury of one count of complicity to involuntary manslaughter and two counts of complicity to aggravated burglary. The charges stemmed from allegations that Barton hired two men to stage a burglary at his Franklin Township farm in April 1995. Prosecutors alleged Barton wanted to scare his wife, Vicki, into moving. Barton, they said, wanted to move to Springboro so he could one day become police chief. During the burglary, Vicki Barton was shot and killed. Barton continues to serve the sentence imposed in 2005 of 5 to 25 years for manslaughter and 10 to 25 years for burglary, which are being served consecutively.
* Cop Talk Falls Short In This Case, Dayton Daily News, Mary McCarty, April 14, 2004