If Steven Noffsinger is found guilty, he won’t be facing the death penalty. That option was taken off the table Monday during a pretrial hearing for the 58 year old Defiance resident who is accused of murdering his then 29 year old ex-wife, Alma Noffsinger back in 1981.
Also during Monday’s hearing, Noffsinger waived his right to a speedy trial.
The Noffsinger case has attracted national media attention after it was featured on TNT’s “Cold Justice” last month. As part of the agreement for the cold case investigation to be filmed, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office was given a team of seasoned cold case prosecutors and crime scene investigators to help with the case for a few days. That resulted in Noffsinger’s arrest on August 1.
The next hearing in the case is now set for November 26th in Paulding County Court.