Crane trial to resume Monday

2012-09-28T18:00:00Z 2012-10-02T13:35:06Z Crane trial to resume MondayWENDY MITCHELL wendy.mitchell@lee.net Ledger Independent
September 28, 2012 6:00 pm  • 

GEORGETOWN, Ohio | Following a five month interlude, the trial of an Aberdeen, Ohio man for the death of his wife is set to continue on Monday.

On April 23, the trial of Robert Crane, 45, began in Brown County with the seating of a jury and producing testimony from witnesses until April 25, when a testimony and witness availability issue forced a rescheduling of the remainder of the trial.

Because of scheduling conflicts and the need to have a full week available for the trial, Oct. 1 was chosen for the restart, officials said at the time.

The same jurors will be seated for the trial on Monday, which is scheduled for at least the entire week.

Crane was indicted on 11 charges related to the March 2011 death of Christine Crane.

Her autopsy indicated heroin toxicity caused her death and that Robert Crane allegedly caused her death by heroin overdose through his actions.

He was charged with first and second-degree involuntary manslaughter, two counts of permitting drug abuse, two counts of corrupting another with drugs, two counts of possession of heroin, possessing drug instruments, complicity to trafficking heroin and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Crane allegedly administered drugs to his wife, “with purpose to cause serious physical harm to Christine Crane or with purpose to cause Christine to become drug dependent,” according to court documents.

According to court records, the Crane marriage was sometimes violent, with numerous domestic violence charges filed against Robert Crane which led to convictions in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

In a 2011 interview, Crane admitted he sometimes hit his wife.

Crane has been held in Brown County Detention Center on $500,000 cash/surety bond since June 11, 2011.

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