Her lawyer said that in the five months after she was released from prison, Cindy George left her magnificent home to attend Mass, met several times with her girlfriend, and attended her daughter’s high school graduation ceremony.
The lawyer said that although the Ohio Supreme Court decided on Wednesday not to review the revocation of her conviction for conspiring with a lover to kill another, she will remain in self-isolation.
The ruling closed the case. “She is very happy, but hopes to calm down the lives of her children and her family,” said her lawyer Bradley Barbin. “For this you need to keep a low profile.”
Babin said that the 53-year-old George faced national media scrutiny during the murder trial and release, and he would not sue the Summit County Attorney’s Office for improper prosecution.
“There is not a mean bone in her body,” he said. “People really never know the untold story of Cindy George.” George said in a written statement: “With this decision and the closure it provides, it is time for our family to continue living.”
Prosecutors believe that George and his lover John Zafino conspired to kill her former lover Jeff Zach, and they were disappointed in George’s freedom.
Prosecutor Shirley Bevin Walsh said in a statement: “The judicial system is created under the right of appeal. This office respects the legal system and therefore accepts the Supreme Court’s decision.”
On June 16, 2001, 44-year-old Zack was shot in the face while sitting at a gas station in his sport utility vehicle. Witnesses saw a motorcycle and driver leaving the scene with their face covered by a black helmet.
About a year later, 40-year-old Zafino was arrested. He was convicted of murder in 2003 and sentenced to life imprisonment. All appeals have failed.
George was arrested in January 2005.
She did not testify in the trial of Patricia Cosgrove, a co-defense judge in Summit County. Cosgrove convicted George of serious murder and sentenced her to life imprisonment without parole for 23 years.
After the Court of Appeals for the 9th District of Ohio ruled that the circumstantial evidence (including phone records, letters, and financial documents) provided by the prosecutor was insufficient to prove her guilt without a doubt, George served 16 months in prison before being released on March 22.
Babin said George’s husband Ed and their seven children provided unwavering support.
He said that she chose to be isolated at her home in Medina County and would rather spend time with the children. She accepted the consultation.
“She has a strong faith and trusts her family,” Babin said. “She wants to thank all those who are willing to support her, even though those people are eager to make judgments and find it easy to kick people when they are down.”