MANSFIELD -- Khairi A. Bond, who is serving a life sentence at Richland Correctional Institution, has been rewarded a redo on his trial after appellate Judge W. Scott Gwin ruled his conviction violated the sixth and 14th amendments of the United States constitution and section 10, article one of the Ohio constitution.
As a result of the unanimous decision by the Fifth District Court of Appeals, Richland County prosecutors will have to try Bond a second time for the murder of 32-year-old Nolan Lovett at 737 Bowman Street.
Bond, 24, was sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Brent Robinson to life in prison with parole eligibly after 18 years. The jury found him guilty of murder with a gun specification in March of 2019.
During the trial, an altercation occurred in the lobby following testimony from the witness stand.
According to the Mansfield News Journal, nearly 30 people spilled into the lobby from the courtroom.
Following the brawl, Robinson issued an order that immediate family were the only ones who could remain in the gallery during the trial.
This order, according to Gwin's ruling, "was not limited in scope or duration, but continued for the remainder of the trial. Excluding members of the general public who had nothing to do with the incident was overly broad. Nothing in the record suggests that the press was permitted into the courtroom for the remainder of the trial."
A message seeking comments from the Richland County Prosecutor was not returned before publication.
The trial's verdict has been reversed and a new trial will be held at an unknown time.