Ohio doctor appeals conviction in wife's poisoning

An Ohio doctor convicted of killing his wife with cyanide claims errors at his trial turned jurors against him.

In an appeal, the lawyer for Yazeed Essa (EE'-suh) contends the judge should not have allowed testimony about Essa's extramarital affairs and his behavior after his wife died.

The Plain Dealer newspaper reports Tuesday that attorney Stephen Miles filed a brief with a state appeals court last month. Miles argues the judge should have declared a mistrial over testimony the lawyer says questioned Essa's character but had nothing to do with the 2005 death of Rosemarie Essa.

Prosecutors are preparing a response.

Essa was convicted in March of poisoning his wife's calcium supplement. Prosecutors said the Cleveland-area doctor wanted to be with his mistress.


Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com