A Springfield man was convicted of shooting and killing a woman who was pregnant with his child.
Travis Hypes, 26, was convicted on a count of murder by a 12-person jury in Clark County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday. Hypes was accused in the death of Lindsey Marsh, 23. Marsh, who was 30-weeks pregnant, was fatally shot on April 5 in a home on East McCreight Avenue. The baby was saved by doctors.
Hypes was sentenced to 15 years to life, plus three years for a gun specification for a total of 18 years, according to Clark County Prosecutor Brian Driscoll.
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“We are very pleased with the verdict,” Driscoll said. “Through the hard work of the Springfield Police Division, Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office we were able to give some closure and justice to the family of Lindsey Marsh.”
The jury took about an hour to come back with the guilty verdict.
Marsh’s mother, Angie Paulson, said she was happy with the outcome of the case but still misses her daughter.
“I am glad Lindsey got justice, however, it still doesn’t bring my daughter back,” Paulson said. “We now have a precious little girl without her mom or her dad and no child should have to live without either parent.”
Clark County prosecutors alleged Hypes purposefully pointed a gun at Marsh’s head and pulled the trigger. Clark County Public Defender Rebekah Sinnott argued the killing was an accident.
Paulson said she thought Marsh’s death was on purpose.
“I was not surprised at the verdict I thought it was very obvious that it wasn’t an accident,” she said. “I would like to thank all involved; they did an amazing job — the prosecutors Brian and Dan Driscoll, Springfield Police, Springfield Fire and EMS, BCI and the victim advocates. They were all great through this horrible journey and a special thanks to all of those who helped keep my daughter alive so that the baby could survive.”
Driscoll said he believes the verdict will stand against any appeals that might be filed.
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Driscoll and his brother, Dan Driscoll, were prosecutors for the state. They argued not only did Hypes intentionally kill Marsh, but he also didn’t try to get her help after shooting her.
“He doesn’t ask (for someone) to call for help,” Brian Driscoll said during opening arguments. “He flees… He runs.”
Driscoll said Clark County has a high number of domestic violence cases that law enforcement investigates but a crime against a pregnant woman isn’t.
However, Marsh was the second pregnant woman killed in Clark County this year. Lindzie Wilson was shot and killed about a month before her. Wilson was shot March 2 and kept on life support until her baby was delivered on April 24.
Driscoll said the work of law enforcement made all the difference in the case.
“Without having witnesses actually see this crime, the work of the Springfield Police Department, the attorney general’s office and their expert witnesses really were able to pull this case together and give closure to the family,” he said.
Family and friends of Lindsey Marsh took to social media to celebrate the verdict as justice for her.
“Thank you, God, for finally bringing closure to this heartbreaking event for this wonderful family,” a poster wrote. “May God continue to put his blessings upon this little child and her family.”
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