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Michael Carriero Guilty of Murder in 2006 Slaying of Mother
December 06, 2011

(Hamilton, Ohio) - On Thursday, December 1, 2011, A Butler County jury deliberated just over three hours before finding Michael Carreiro guilty of the September 3, 2005 aggravated murder of his mother, Christine Minnix, of Middletown. Assistant Prosecutor John Heinkel convinced the jury that an acknowledgement of legal responsibility outweighs claims of moral justification brought on by mental illness in the aggravated murder trial of Michael Carreiro. Mrs. Minnix was found stabbed to death in Carreiro’s Barbara Park apartment by Dr. Tim Minnix, her husband. Carreiro was arrested the next morning by Middletown Police, and in a taped interview admitted killing his mother, but claimed God told him to do it.

Carreiro was initially found incompetent to stand trial, and has been at Summit Behavioral Healthcare in Cincinnati receiving treatment since the murder.

He was subsequently found restored to competency and the trial began Monday before Judge Michael Sage.

Judge Sage proceeded to sentencing immediately after the verdict was retuned and the attorneys agreed with the judge that the law required a sentence of life imprisonment with parole eligibility after 20 years.

Heinkel, who tried the case for the State, thanked Detective Tim Riggs, the Middletown Police Department and court appointed psychologist David Chiappone for their efforts in the case.

“In spite of Carreiro’s confession, it came down to a very narrow issue: whether Carreiro knew, in spite of his mental illness, the wrongfulness of his actions”, said Heinkel. “The experts disagreed as to whether this meant legally wrong or morally wrong, but they all testified that his statements to the police indicated he knew it was legally wrong.”

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