Widow blames former employee for death of murdered Lisbon man - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Widow blames former employee for death of murdered Lisbon man

Posted:

LISBON, Ohio - The last person to see a murdered Columbiana County man alive is the subject of a wrongful death suit alleging that he's the one who fired the fatal shots.

The body 71-year-old Lisbon farmer Gerald Klusch was found near Hazel Run Road nearly two years ago, two months after he was reported missing.

The coroner ruled the death a homicide, saying Klusch had been shot twice in the back of the head.

Matthew Bailey, an employee of the victim, told authorities that he dropped Klusch off at his home just before Klusch was reported missing.

Now the widow of the victim, Leah Klusch has filed a one-million dollar wrongful death suit against Bailey and other unnamed defendants.

Although no one has been charged with the murder of Klusch, the civil lawsuit alleges that Bailey shot Gerald Klusch in Columbiana county on September 29, 2011.

The suit calls Bailey's  conduct either intentional battery done with malice, or a negligent act.

Klusch's family issued a statement saying, "September 29th 2013 was the second anniversary of the brutal murder of Gerald Klusch. We dearly miss and grieve the loss of our husband, father, grandfather and friend. The anniversary is made more painful by the reminder that his killer is free and walks the streets."

The family statement points out that the civil lawsuit is not a substitute for the ongoing criminal investigation conducted by the Columbiana County Sheriff's office and criminal prosecution conducted by the Columbiana County Prosecutor.

The family is still offering a $20,000 reward for new information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Lieutenant Sweeney at (330) 424-7255.

You can find more information at this link.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Fired band director says he fixing vulgar culture

    Fired band director says he fixing vulgar culture

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:34:18 GMT
    The fired Ohio State University marching band director says he was working to change its sexualized culture when he was dismissed.More >>
    The fired Ohio State University marching band director says he was working to change its sexualized culture when he was dismissed.
    More >>
  • Ohio theme park tries to top shaved-heads record

    Ohio theme park tries to top shaved-heads record

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:27:36 GMT
    MASON, Ohio (AP) - A southwestern Ohio amusement park will try to top a Guinness record for the most heads shaved simultaneously to help raise awareness and money to fight cancer. Kings Island says more than 200 hair stylists from Great Clips salons in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, Lima and Toledo will shave heads Friday at the park north of Cincinnati. The Guinness World Records website says the current record at 182 heads shaved simultaneously was achieved by Cancer Council ACT-...More >>
    MASON, Ohio (AP) - A southwestern Ohio amusement park will try to top a Guinness record for the most heads shaved simultaneously to help raise awareness and money to fight cancer. Kings Island says more than 200 hair stylists from Great Clips salons in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, Lima and Toledo will shave heads Friday at the park north of Cincinnati. The Guinness World Records website says the current record at 182 heads shaved simultaneously was achieved by Cancer Council ACT-...More >>
  • Hundreds of pet rats rescued from Ohio apartment

    Hundreds of pet rats rescued from Ohio apartment

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:23:19 GMT
    KETTERING, Ohio (AP) - Humane Society workers have rescued hundreds of pet rats from an apartment in suburban Dayton apparently left after the renter was evicted. The Humane Society of Greater Dayton found as many as 300 so-called "fancy" or "pocket" pet rats in the studio apartment in Kettering after responding to a complaint Thursday morning. Humane Society official Sheila Marquis tells the Dayton Daily News the animals make great pets for children but breed rapidly if they aren't spayed a...More >>
    KETTERING, Ohio (AP) - Humane Society workers have rescued hundreds of pet rats from an apartment in suburban Dayton apparently left after the renter was evicted. The Humane Society of Greater Dayton found as many as 300 so-called "fancy" or "pocket" pet rats in the studio apartment in Kettering after responding to a complaint Thursday morning. Humane Society official Sheila Marquis tells the Dayton Daily News the animals make great pets for children but breed rapidly if they aren't spayed a...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms