“More so, the personal vindication to hear the words out loud by a judge when for so many years he has had the exact opposite experience. It is very very important and means the world to him,” she said.
Gillispie was indicted in 1990 for the rapes and kidnappings of three women in two attacks in Miami Twp. and Harrison Twp. He was convicted on Feb. 12, 1991, following a jury trial. The court granted a second trial, at which he was again convicted on June 12, 1991.
From there, a number of appeals were filed by Gillispie and denied. But In 2008, he filed a motion for a new trial arguing that there was new evidence including identification of an alternate suspect and he argued that there were police reports that possibly eliminated him as a suspect which were never turned over by prosecutors.
According to a ruling by Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Susan Solle, two detectives stated that they investigated and eliminated Gillispie as a suspect prior to a new detective taking over the case.
Gillispie’s defense also argued that a psychological profile of the likely perpetrator had been developed by police but disregarded, a victim reported seeing the pants size of the perpetrator and it did not match the size of pants that Mr. Gillipie would have worn, that the tip against Gillispie came from someone with a vendetta against him and that Gillispie did not match the physical description of the perpetrator.
Eventually, Gillispie’s convictions were vacated and a new trial was granted. He was also released from prison. And Solle wrote that in November 2015, a judge issued a decision dismissing the case with prejudice.
“The trial court found that Mr. Gillispie could never be retried because the state admitted they did not possess and could not produce the missing police reports,” Solle wrote. “The state appealed the trial’s court’s decision and the second district upheld the trial court’s decision on Nov. 10, 2016.”
The judge wrote that the Ohio Supreme Court declined to hear the case.