June 28, 2016

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Judge loosens conditions of suspect’s house arrest

ELYRIA — Accused killer Bobbie New will have a little more freedom after Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge changed the conditions of his house arrest.



New, who was previously only allowed to leave his Amherst Township house for legal appointments, can now visit the grocery store, travel to a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Cleveland and care for his ailing brother.

New has put both his own house and his daughter’s home up as collateral on bond.

Prosecutors have objected to the freedom Burge has granted New, arguing that the 67-year-old retired Ford worker is a flight risk and could be a threat to witnesses in the case.

New is accused of the 1976 beating and shooting death of Dorothy Spencer, his then-girlfriend, in her Camden Township trailer. New’s nephew came forward to county sheriff’s detectives last year and has worked with them to build a case against New, who has denied having anything to do with Spencer’s slaying.