Sunday, December 09, 2001

Ringer trial postponed

        The trial of Tony Ringer, scheduled to begin Monday, has been postponed. A new trial date will be set Monday during a hearing before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Richard Niehaus.

        Mr. Ringer, 31, of Westwood is accused of fatally shooting his former girlfriend, Cassandra Betts, as the two sat inside a car in Woodlawn.

        Ms. Betts, 25, of Fairfield was six weeks pregnant when she was killed Dec. 20, 2000. Her then-7 year-old daughter was also in the car. The girl was unharmed.

        Mr. Ringer has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder.

        He told investigators that he met with his ex-girlfriend because he thought she would harm herself. He said she was shot when he attempted to take a gun away from her that she'd had in the car.

        On Nov. 28, Mr. Ringer informed court officials that he was changing lawyers. His new attorney, Jack Rubenstein, will appear in court to make the change official.


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