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Ohio Supreme Court declines to hear murder conviction appeal

By JEFF SAUNDERS Reporter Published: July 2, 2017 12:00 AM
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The Ohio Supreme Court has decided not to hear the case of a woman convicted in the 2014 murder of 21-year-old Michelle Johnson.

According to a decision filed June 21, the high court "declines to accept jurisdiction of the appeal" of Roxanne L. Buck, 47.

According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, Buck is currently incarcerated in the Dayton Correctional Institution. She was sentenced to life in prison, with a possibility of parole after 18 years, following her October 2014 conviction for murder, a special felony, and third-degree felony tampering with evidence.

On March 15, 2014, a Stow police officer found Miss Johnson dead in a shed behind the Maplepark Road home that she shared with her mother, Diana Johnson. The discovery was made after Diana Johnson, who was in West Virginia visiting relatives, called the police and said she was concerned about her daughter because she had lost contact with her.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's office determined Miss Johnson had been stabbed 32 times. Buck, who was renting a basement room, was arrested five days later after police found blood traced to Miss Johnson on some books in Buck's vehicle.

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While giving testimony at her trial, Buck admitted to tampering with evidence, including cleaning up the crime scene in the home's basement and moving the body to the shed, saying she feared she would be implicated in the murder. But she denied killing Miss Johnson.

Following her conviction, Buck filed an appeal in the Ninth District Court of Appeals. This past January, the appeals court overturned arguments made on Buck's behalf and confirmed her conviction. Buck then filed a notice of appeal with the state high court in March.

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