Staff Writer

JEFFERSON - - A 46-year-old North Kingsville man, William G. Nigh, faces another trial on three felony charges relating to the June 20, 2004, death of his infant daughter.

Nigh was acquitted April 21 of having willfully murdered his 4-month-old daughter, Allison Nigh. At the end of a lengthy trial, the jury deadlocked on three other charges, including murder and child endangering, and failed to convict him.

Ashtabula County Prosecutor Thomas Sartini filed a motion with Common Pleas Judge Gary Yost in late July to retry Nigh on one count of murder and two counts of child endangering.

Yost declared a mistrial at the end of the trial. Nigh was released and went free.

At the time, Sartini said he would consider retrying the father on the three felony charges but wouldn't commit to a time frame.

Nigh has hired Madison attorney David Per Due as legal counsel for the new trial. In the first trial, Nigh was represented by Willoughby attorney Albert Perola.

The child's death was ruled a homicide by Cuyahoga County's deputy coroner, Dr. Joseph Felo. Cause of death resulted from massive brain damage, Felo testified during the trial.

The two-week trial saw a parade of witnesses for both the prosecution and defense. Nigh and his ex-fiancee, Susan Ziler of Caldwell, split up when he was charged with the crime two and half months after the baby's death.

Per Due said he's been busy reviewing more than 800 pages of the trial transcript. He also has filed motions to get evidence discovery files from the county prosecutor's office in preparation for the trial.

Since the end of the first trial, Nigh has resided with his mother and stepfather, Mary and Arthur Risley, in North Kingsville.

Star Beacon Print Edition: 9/14/2006

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