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Scotsman once on Ohio death row pleads not guilty to charges he threatened judge on phone
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.