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DA requests special outside prosecutor to handle Rimmer case

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(WMC-TV) – The Shelby County District Attorney General's office has requested a special outside prosecutor to take over the case against Michael Dale Rimmer, according to a radio interview District Attorney General Amy Weirich gave Friday morning.

Rimmer's girlfriend, Ricci Ellsworth, disappeared from her job in February 1997. Her remains were never found. In 1998, Rimmer was convicted and sentenced to death row.

An appeals court overturned the conviction. Before any re-trial Rimmer's attorneys argued the Shelby County DA's office should not be prosecuting the case based on alleged misconduct by prosecutor Tom Henderson, who was recently censured by the Board of Responsibility as a result of the allegations.

Weirich says Henderson and the DA's office did nothing wrong, that Rimmer's attorneys erred.

Regardless, she says it's time to get the case moving again.

"I have contacted the district attorney general's conference and have asked them to appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case," Weirich told Drake and Zeke during an appearance on 98.1 The Max WXMX-FM morning show, "So that we can get this case, the Michael Dale Rimmer case, back on the track that it needs to be on, which is a trial and justice in the courtroom and a day in the courtroom for the victims."

Weirich has scheduled a news conference for 2:30 p.m. to discuss the matter.

Nick Kenney will be there and he'll have the latest tonight on Action News 5 at 6.

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