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 - A Perry Township man accused of murdering a Mentor bartender is set to go on trial Wednesday.
Joseph Thomas is accused of killing 49-year-old Annie McSween at a Mentor-on-the-Lake bar where she worked.
McSween's body was found in a wooded area behind Mario's Lakeway Lounge on Nov. 26, 2010. Authorities said McSween had died of multiple stab wounds.
Thomas was arrested in connection with McSween's murder in June 2011 by Mentor-on-the-Lake and Madison Township police.
Thomas is charged with aggravated murder, rape and nine other counts. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
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.