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  1. #1
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    Jul 2004

    OH - Mahesh Banatwala, 71, abducted & murdered, Cincinnati, 28 April 2011

    The body of a missing 71-year-old man has been found - and the man arrested for killing him is accused of leading a trail of crime in the past month.

    snip.....Up until April, Shears has not had any brushes with the law - with the exception of a domestic violence charge that was dropped in 2009.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2013

    Mahesh Banatwala was an older gentleman who lived alone in an apartment in Colerain Township... On May 2, 2011, Mr. Banatwala’s estranged wife called Springfield Township police because no one had seen or heard from Mr. Banatwala...

    Shears had the keys to both Mr. Banatwala’s car and his apartment. Mr. Banatwala’s computer, which had been in his apartment, was found in the home of Shears’s girlfriend. Shears’s fingerprints were found in Mr. Banatwala’s apartment on the bedroom window under which Mr. Banatwala’s empty wallet was later recovered. Mr. Banatwala’s body was found in a home that had belonged to Shears’s aunt. A piece of broken screw found in Shears’s shoe matched screws left by the property’s owner to deter break-ins. And, most significantly, Shears was able was able to lead police to Mr. Banatwala’s body.
    From March 2012:


    Judge Robert Ruehlman sentenced Shears to life without parole, plus 60 years in the kidnapping and beating death of Mahesh Banatwala, 71.

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