Hamilton County prosecutors argued the infant was violently shaken. Defense attorney William Gallagher called the new sentence a fair resolution. Hill was the second inmate from Hamilton County to leave death row in recent months after evidence suggested a killing was in fact an accident.
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On June 24, the Ohio Supreme Court agreed to cancel a scheduled October execution for death row inmate Angelo Fears, after prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed his sentence should be changed to life without parole. Tracie Hunter improperly demanded and received documents about the teen and passed them on to her brother, prosecutors said. Tracie Hunter, who in became the first African American elected to Hamilton County's Juvenile Court, has always insisted her prosecution was politically motivated.
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Sargus wrote than Amy Martin, the Hamilton County deputy coroner who conducted Domika's autopsy, had made "significant revisions to the expert opinion she offered at trial. Prosecutors argued that Hill violently shook his daughter, causing several skull fractures. Martin's revised opinion says the girl's injuries are "very consistent" with the arguments Hill's attorneys made: Hill fell off a wall while holding Domika and accidentally crushed the infant's skull with his knee.
The Ohio Attorney General's Office has filed a motion to stay Sargus' opinion as it readies an appeal. Sargus' opinion also focused on a police report withheld from Hill's attorneys at trial that questioned the credibility of the prosecution's main witness — Domika's mother and Hill's girlfriend. A private investigator obtained a copy of the report from Cincinnati police several years later that cast doubt on the woman's testimony.