Man convicted of murder in 1997 now free on bond

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A man who went to prison in 1997 on a charge that he killed his fiancee is now free on bond.

Ted Georgekopoulos, 58, went home with his family in Stow on Wednesday night, after Summit County Common Pleas Judge James R. Williams finalized Georgekopoulos' release on a $50,000 bond.

A judge threw out his conviction earlier this month.

Georgekopoulos was convicted of murdering his fiancee, Olge Suhre, 33, in their Akron apartment. He contended at trial that she was threatening suicide and that she shot herself during a struggle for a gun.

A photo released to his family last year by prosecutors showed gunpowder burns on Georgekopoulos' right hand. The photo was not given to his lawyers for the trial. A picture of his left hand used at trial also showed powder burns.

Defense lawyer John Pyle contends the photos together are proof that Georgekopoulos could not have fired the gun. Defense experts contend it is nearly impossible to fire a gun and have the burns on both hands.

Assistant Prosecutor Michael Carroll said he plans to meet with police on Friday to determine what to do next.

"I'm just going to stay with my family because I miss them so much," Georgekopoulos said. "I can't speak to what the prosecutors will do now that this new evidence has come to light."

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