Updated Tue, Mar 12, 2013 5:37 pm
Prosecutors won't be allowed to make oral arguments in the appeal of an Ohio man convicted of murdering his estranged wife, who was found strangled in a septic tank.
An Ohio appeals court magistrate made the ruling after the prosecution missed a court deadline for filing a brief in the appeal of William Inman II. Inman was convicted of aggravated murder and other charges last year in Hocking County and sentenced to life in prison without parole in Summer Inman's slaying.
He's seeking a new trial. His father and mother also were convicted in the slaying.
The Hocking County's prosecutor attributed the missed deadline to an Ohio Attorney General's Office scheduling issue. But she says she is confident the written argument will be sufficient