The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

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February 14, 2013

Convicted killer denied parole

MERCER, TRUMBULL COUNTIES — The Ohio Parole Board has denied parole for Judith Delgros, who was convicted of aggravated murder in 1993 for stabbing her husband to death and setting a fire in which a son was killed, said Angela Taylor, daughter of victim Donald D. Morris Sr.

Delgros, 62, formerly of Hempfield Township, will not be eligible for parole again until December 2022, according to Taylor and the Ohio Department of Corrections.

“I am relieved that she’s there for another 10 years,” said Taylor, of Sharon, who wrote the parole board a letter and supported a Facebook petition drive to keep Delgros in prison. “She really oughtn’t be out at all.”

The parole board held a hearing Feb. 7 at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, Marysville, where Delgros is imprisoned.

The fire occurred Jan. 3, 1978, at a mobile home on Orangeville-Kinsman Road, Vernon Township, Trumbull County. Morris, 41, and Delgros’ son, Christopher Styles, 5, were found dead inside.

Firefighters initially ruled the fire accidental, and the coroner, who did not order autopsies, listed the cause of death as burns and also ruled them the result of an accident.

The case was reopened 15 years later and Delgros’ son, Edward Bridge, told police he had seen his mother stab Morris in the back and pour something into the furnace.

The bodies of Morris and Christopher were exhumed and autopsies performed. Medical officials discovered that several bones in Morris’ back had been cut, and other evidence of stabbing.

Delgros went to trial and denied that she killed anyone or set the fire, but a jury convicted her and she was sentenced to life in prison.

Taylor said she has struggled over the years dealing with the death of her father, noting she was 19 when he died.

“I feel that I’ve really missed out on a lot,” she said. “Just in the short time I had with him, I really got a lot.”

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