LEBANON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Warren County judge who set a September trial date for Jim Barton has ruled the former Springboro Police Lieutenant can be released on bail.
Warren County Judge Michael Gilb set the bail amount Thursday at $350,000 without the ten percent surety stipulation. This means Barton will have to post the full $350,000 before he can be released from jail.
Barton is still in the Warren County jail and if he posts bond, he will be placed on electronically monitored house arrest until his trial begins, which is scheduled for September 19.
Monday the judge set the trial date and ordered Barton be held in the Warren County jail until a determination could be made on whether a bond would be set. That hearing was held after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2015 the State of Ohio must either retry Barton or release him.
Barton has served more than 10 years in prison for his role in the 1995 murder of his wife, Vickie Barton. She was found murdered inside their Springboro home.
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