July 30, 2014

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Convicted killer Daniel Kovarbasich appears on ‘Oprah’

Daniel Kovarbasich on "Oprah."

Daniel Kovarbasich on "Oprah."

CHICAGO — Convicted killer Daniel Kovarbasich and his family told their story in today’s broadcast of “Oprah.”

The North Ridgeville teen appeared with host Oprah Winfrey on a show dedicated to killing alleged abusers. Daniel was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault for the Jan. 22 slaying of Duane Hurley at Hurley’s North Ridgeville home. He was sentenced by county Common Pleas Judge James Burge to five years probation.

Daniel, who has admitted beating Hurley with a pickle jar then stabbing him 55 times, told of the sexual abuse he allegedly endured at the hands of Hurley.

The broadcast did not sugar-coat what happened. It showed crime scene photos, including at least two with Hurley’s dead body, and Winfrey told of a “gruesome scene” with “blood spatters and smears on the walls” and Daniel’s father, Terry Kovarbasich, saying that Daniel’s hands were “just caked with blood.”

Winfrey fawned over Burge, thanking him in the show’s opening for letting Daniel out of jail to do the taping, and referring to him as “a very enlightened person.”

Read Tuesday’s Chronicle for more on this story.