Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Man awaiting new murder trial faces more charges

POSTED: July 27, 2010
LISBON - A former East Liverpool man awaiting a new trial on a murder charge which already landed him in prison is facing new charges for assaulting one jail guard and spitting at another.
Andrew Irwin, 28, was served Friday with a secret indictment for assault and harassment with a bodily substance, both fifth-degree felonies, for the July 13 attack on corrections officers Jared Kinemond and Peter Neiheisel at the Columbiana County jail.
A report from the county sheriff's office alleged Irwin was refusing to obey their orders when the incident occurred. He allegedly punched Kinemond in the face several times and spit in Neiheisel's face.
If convicted on the new charges, he could face up to 12 months in prison for each count. The murder charge carries a possible penalty of 15 years to life, which is what he received the first time around.
Irwin has been incarcerated at the county jail without bond since being returned to the county from prison after the guilty verdict against him and the sentence for murder was overturned on appeal. The guilty verdict was issued by a jury in 2007 on a charge that he stabbed 21-year-old Emily Foreman to death at her Liverpool Township home in August 2006.
The 7th District Court of appeals ruled that he had ineffective assistance of counsel as one of the reasons for the reversal. His attorney, George Kafantaris, has since disbarred for life due to his dealings with clients in Trumbull County, which happened well after Irwin's trial was over.
As for his handling of Irwin's case, he served some jail time in Columbiana County earlier this year for two counts of contempt of court for some of his antics during the trial.
Irwin's new trial is set for Sept. 21, with a status hearing set for Sept. 3.
Mary Ann Greier can be reached at mgreier@salemnews.net

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