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Ex-Ohio death row inmate says not guilty to threat
Scotsman once on Ohio death row pleads not guilty to charges he threatened judge on phone
By The Associated Press

OTTAWA, Ohio (AP) ' A Scotsman released from an American prison after spending two decades on Ohio's death row has pleaded not guilty to threatening a judge who prosecuted his original case.

Forty-seven-year-old Ken Richey appeared in a northwest Ohio court Wednesday on charges of retaliation and violating a civil protection order. A judge said Richey would be held without bond and face trial in May.

Authorities say Richey left a threatening phone message at the courthouse in Ottawa, where he was sentenced nearly 25 years ago to death.

Richey was released four years ago under a plea deal after a federal court overturned his sentence. He'd been convicted of starting a fire that killed a toddler.

Richey had been living in Tupelo, Miss., and was arrested there last week on the Ohio charges.

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