July 24, 2016

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Dennis Auerswald is appealing his murder convictions

MEDINA — Dennis Auerswald is appealing his murder and aggravated murder convictions.

Auerswald, 60, was convicted last month of poisoning his wife, Maureen, with antifreeze in 2009 and sentenced to life in prison.

“He continues to maintain that he is not guilty of the charge of murdering his wife,” his attorney, Joseph Salzgeber, said Friday.

Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier appointed Salzgeber to represent Auerswald on April 12, and the appeal was filed 10 days later, Salzgeber said.

“I’ve done over 200 appeals in my career as an attorney, many of them before the 9th District Court of Appeals, which is the appellate court in this case,” he said.

The case will move forward after records are compiled by the appellate court and transcripts from the two-week trial are prepared, he said.

“Generally, they are given 40 days to appeal, but I believe it will take closer to 70 or 100 days before the transcript is ready,” Salzgeber said.

On Monday, Collier denied a motion to stay Auerswald’s sentence during his appeal.

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@medina-gazette.com.