A judge agreed with jurors, sentencing a man to death row for the brutal killing of a Mentor-on-the-Lake bartender two years ago.
MENTOR, Ohio - The Lake County Coroner's Office has announced the cause of death for Erica McSween. The 26-year-old Mentor resident died in her home last month of an accidental drug overdose.
The Lake County Coroner said they found a combination of drugs, including oxycontin and heroin, in McSween's body.
Erica McSween was the daughter of Annie McSween, who was murdered in November outside the bar she worked at in Mentor-on-the-Lake. That murder has yet to be solved.
Jurors have unanimously agreed the death penalty is an appropriate sentence for a man convicted of killing a Mentor-on-the-Lake bartender. On Monday, a judge makes the final decision.
A Lake County jury unanimously recommended the death penalty for Joseph Thomas, convicted of killing a Mentor-on-the-Lake bartender in 2010.
Nine defense witnesses took the stand in the sentencing phase of convicted killer Joseph Thomas Wednesday in Lake County Common Pleas Court.
The man convicted in the murder of Annie McSween will begin the penalty phase at a Lake County courthouse Wednesday morning.
The jury has found Joseph Thomas guilty on all counts in the murder of Mentor resident Annie McSween.