November 28, 2014

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New to be freed on bond in ’76 slaying

ELYRIA – Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge today ordered the bond for accused killer Bobbie New lowered.

New, 69, has been held since last month on a $1 million bond on a murder charge stemming from the 1976 slaying of his girlfriend, Dorothy Spencer.

New’s lawyers argued that the case was so old and the evidence against New so weak that there was no reason for him to be held on such a high bond. They also said that if New had wanted to flee the area he could have done so.

Assistant County Prosecutor Sherry Glass objected to the request, saying the case against New was strong enough that a conviction was highly likely. She also said that New could represent a threat to a key witness in the case, New’s nephew who contacted police last August and agreed to cooperate in solving the cold case.

Burge ultimately ruled that New could be freed, but he had to put both his Amherst Township home and the home of his daughter in Erie County up as collateral. New will also be under house arrest and must wear a GPS monitor.

In the same hearing, Burge also rejected a request from The Chronicle-Telegram to release as a public record a recording of a phone call between New and his nephew that sheriff’s deputies have said incriminates New in Spencer’s death.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Chronicle.