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Published: Saturday, 2/2/2008

Verdict upheld in slaying at Pacific Crab House

One of two men convicted of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, and kidnapping for the 1995 murder-robbery at the former Pacific Crab House in Maumee has lost his appeal in Ohio's 6th District Court of Appeals.

Chris Cathcart, 34, was convicted in June, 2006 of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, and seven counts of kidnapping for the murder-robbery. He is serving 44 years to life in the Allen Correctional Institution near Lima, Ohio.

Cathcart and co-defendant, Jamie Madrigal, were convicted in the fatal shooting of dishwasher Larry Loose, 55, during the after-hours robbery in at the restaurant.

The two also were convicted for their roles in the slaying of 18-year-old Misty Fisher during a similar holdup at KFC in Toledo a year later.

The appellate court ruled in its decision released yesterday that the trial court did not err in admitting "other acts evidence" at Cathcart's trial. The three-judge panel also ruled that the jury "did not clearly lose its way and create such a manifest miscarriage of justice that the appellant's conviction must be reversed and a new trial ordered."

Madrigal entered a plea to the two murders on Jan. 12, 2007, and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 90 years.

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