Woman charged in husband’s murder 5 years after his death

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VERMILION, Ohio-  A Lorain County Grand Jury has returned indictments against a Vermilion woman, charging her with the murder of her husband five years ago.

It was on November 18, 2009, that Vermilion police were called to the North Ridge Road home of Jeremy and Julene Simko, owners of the Simko Tree Service.

Julene Simko called 911 and claimed that someone broke into the home that morning and shot her husband in a second-floor bedroom. The indictment of Simko on charges of aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence is the culmination of a five-year investigation by Vermilion police, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, and the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office.

From the very beginning, investigators were troubled by Simko's story. Among other things, she told police that she was awakened by the sound of gunfire, and thought that her husband was shooting at a coyote. Simko admitted that she fired a gun inside the home that morning, but claimed it was to scare away the intruder.

Julene Simko was released from the Lorain County Jail after posting a $500,000 bond. She is scheduled to be arraigned on January 8.

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