Grand Jury testimony can be used at Carroll trial

The grand jury testimony of Liz Carroll, which was made public Dec. 18, can be used as evidence in her Clermont County murder trial.

On Jan. 3, Clermont County Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert Ringland denied the motion made by defense attorney Gregory Cohen that the Hamilton County grand jury testimony be suppressed as evidence.

Cohen argued that Liz Carroll was in a fragile state of mind, suicidal, and “mentally deficient” at the time of the original questioning before the grand jury Aug. 28. He argued that she was pressured and overwhelmed with questions and not mentally equipped to understand what was happening to her.

After careful review of the grand jury testimony transcripts, in which Carroll revealed under oath that she had initially lied to police about what happened to three-year old foster child Marcus Fiesel, Judge Ringland ruled that he saw no evidence that she had been coerced or pressured in any way to say anything damaging to her case.