Ohio Woman Marries Man Who Was Convicted Of Killing Her Brother

Posted by Sama in News On 20th September 2021
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Both John and Crystal say that John is innocent and he didn't kill Crystal's half-brother. However, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office is confident that with the new found evidence, John will be found guilty once again in the retrial, and the prosecutor's office told News 5 Cleveland it even has evidence of him asking a friend to dispose of the gun used in McGary's death.

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This woman in the US is making headlines for marrying a man who was convicted of killing her half-brother.

John Tiedjen was convicted of killing Brian McGary in 1987 and spent 32 years behind bars. However, the 57-year old was released after evidence from photos and police reports absent in the original trial emerged. After this, Judge Dick Ambrose ordering a new trial.

Now Tiedjen is on house arrest in Cleveland, Ohio, and living a married life with a new Mrs Tiedjen in his life.

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Crystal Straus (the half-sister of McGary) originally wrote to Tiedjen while he was serving in prison and offered her forgiveness, however, the emotions soon bubbled up into something much bigger.

Tiedjen - who maintains that McGary killed himself - told News 5 Cleveland: "With all my heart I love her, there is nobody else I think about, and I want to be with her my whole life.

"And I wrote her a letter back and I said I didn't do it, take a look at this stuff. I believe in God too, and I know things about it, but I didn't do it.

"I had no powder burns, no gunshot residue, no blood, no cuts, no scrapes, nothing on my person or me or my clothing."

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But the new evidence suggests otherwise and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office is confident Tiedjen will be found guilty once again in the retrial, with the prosecutor's office telling News 5 Cleveland it has evidence of him asking a friend to dispose of the gun used in McGary's death.

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Crystal says she is under no illusions and believes that together she and her husband will get past the difficult times.

She said: "I love him obviously, if I didn't love him I would not be sitting here with him.

"I spent the whole time through Covid analysing and learning about this case.

"We'll get through this, it's going to be challenging, there's no doubt about it."

Meanwhile, defence solicitor Kimberly Kendall Corral - who submitted all the unseen crime photos and police reports and officiated their wedding - is calling for judicial reform in Ohio.

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She said: "The judge decided had the evidence been available, the outcome of the trial would have been different.

"From a legislative perspective, we need to do something with the parole board. The parole board doesn't give time and attention to these cases, they don't give equal time to these cases, they're not transparent about what the opposition is.

"We need to give defendants a full and fair opportunity to present evidence that wasn't available at the time of trial, whatever the reason was."

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