#1 Ohio Transgender Woman Pleads Guilty to Homicide for Exercising Husband, 73, to Death
02-14-2009, 08:59 PM
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Ohio Transgender Woman Pleads Guilty to Homicide for Exercising Husband, 73, to Death
— An Ohio transgender woman has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide for exercising her 73-year-old husband to death in an apartment complex swimming pool.
Middlefield police say surveillance video shows 41-year-old Christine Newton-John pulling James Mason around the pool by his arms and legs and preventing him from leaving. Mason had a heart attack on June 2 just after the extended swim session.
Police Chief Joseph Stehlik says a deputy investigated the death because of previous complaints that Mason was abused. Newton-John pleaded guilty on Thursday. She faces up to five years in prison.
Mason was a longtime friend of his wife's family. He knew her as John Vallandingham before she had gender reassignment surgery in 1993 and changed her name. They married in Kentucky in 2006.
02-14-2009, 09:50 PM
what? no pics??Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
02-14-2009, 10:08 PM
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The proper medical terminology, The correct name for the operation is lopadicophomy as opposed to the reverse procedure the addadictomy.
Some wit even wrote a poem.
There was a gay man from Khartoum
Who took a lesbian up to his room.
They argued all night
About who had the right
To do what, with which, and to whom.
Police did not immediately respond to a call Saturday seeking comment on a motive.
The video would have had a profound effect on a jury, Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce said. But that wouldn't have been enough for a conviction if Newton-John had been charged with murder.
"You can see the man struggling for his life on the tape, but there is no audio, so we couldn't hear what he was saying," he said.Geauga County Chief Public Defender Robert Umholtz, who represented Newton-John, declined to comment.
Mason was a longtime friend of his wife's family. He knew her as John Vallandingham before she had gender reassignment surgery in 1993 and changed her name in honor of the singer and star of the hit movie version of the musical "Grease."
The couple were wed in 2006 in Kentucky, where people can change their gender on their birth certificate.
02-15-2009, 08:25 PM
Maybe it was an accident to actually kill him, but it seems like five years isn't enough.
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