2nd trial begins for man accused of murdering a Lake County bartender

2nd trial begins for man accused of murdering a Lake County bartender
Annie McSween

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (WOIO) - Jury selection began Monday in the re-trial for the man accused of murdering a Mentor-on-the-Lake bartender.

Annie McSween worked at Mario’s Lakeway Lounge on Andrews Road in Mentor-on-the-Lake.

Her body was found on Nov. 26, 2010 in the wooded area outside the bar.

McSween had been strangled and stabbed multiple times in the neck and back.

Joseph Thomas was arrested in June of 2011 and convicted of aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape in 2012.

Joseph Thomas is accused in the 2010 murder of a Mentor-on-the-Lake bartender.
Joseph Thomas is accused in the 2010 murder of a Mentor-on-the-Lake bartender.

In 2017, the Ohio Supreme Court reversed his death sentence and ordered the new trial.

Thomas’s trial is being heard by Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci.

The first witness is expected to take the stand on July 15.

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