In Lima Ohio a physician in prison for killing his wife in 2006, has been turned down for a new trial.
The Ohio Third District Court of Appeals dismissed the argument by Doctor Mark Wangler’s attorneys, challenging his murder conviction. Judge Richard Warren denied the motion for a new trial, the basis of which was juror misconduct.
Wangler’s defense team argued that one of the 12 jurors had intentionally lied on the jury questionnaire about his own criminal history. In his ruling, the judge stated the juror’s background did not change the facts of the case.
Wangler, age 57, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, four and one-half years after the death of his wife Kathy. By that time, he had already remarried.
The former anesthesiologist was convicted in part, according to several jurors, because they could not believe his story of finding her having a “seizure.” The Paramedics who initially arrived on scene recognized that she had been dead for quite some time before they arrived, and that Doctor Wangler was certainly lying when he reported to the 911 operator that she was having a seizure when he found her. Both the emergency room doctor who examined her, and the coroner who performed the autopsy, also testified that the woman probably had been dead for an hour or longer, before the doctor called 911.
The coroner’s report states that Kathy Wrangler died of carbon monoxide poisoning as she lay in her upstairs bedroom. The prosecution was able to convince the jury that Wangler had introduced running car exhaust from the garage into the house, on the night of his wife’s death.
And people have the gall to ask how and why we became the Paramedic Heretic.