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 daughter of the Mentor-on-the-Lake bartender who was murdered in November was found dead inside her home on Saturday.
According to the Lake County Coroner, Erica McSween was found dead in her Mentor home Saturday evening, just before 10:30.
McSween was deceased when authorities arrived at the house. Erica McSween is the daughter of Ann McSween, the Mentor-on-the-Lake bartender who was murdered in November.
The Lake County coroner said there were no obvious signs of trauma, but they are still waiting for the results of the toxicology reports. That could take two to three weeks.
Ann McSween was found killed outside Mario's Lakeway Lounge the day after Thanksgiving. McSween had been bartending at Mario's Thanksgiving night.
The 49-year-old woman was found stabbed, strangled and beaten to death. She was found in a wooded area with multiple stab wounds, including one on her neck.
According to Mario Cacaic, the owner of Mario's, the video surveillance system was not working on the night of the murder. Cacaic said that someone had climbed on the building's roof to cut the cable and phone lines.
Mentor-on-the-Lake police continue to investigate the murder of Ann McSween.
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.