Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Southern District of Ohio at Columbus.
No. 2:07-cv-00846—Sandra S. Beckwith, District Judge.
Argued: January 26, 2017
Decided and Filed: September 8, 2017
Before: BOGGS, CLAY, and ROGERS, Circuit Judges.
BOGGS, Circuit Judge. This case presents a habeas petitioner who has been convicted of
two counts of aggravated murder and sentenced to death. Over the span of nearly thirty years,
petitioner Gerald Hand married four women. Three of those women would die, two of them
victims of violent, unsolved home invasions. The death of Hand’s fourth and final wife,
however, revealed a different story. At home at the time of her death, Hand allegedly confronted
and shot the intruder, who turned out to be his friend and employee Lonnie Welch. Subsequent
police investigation uncovered a decades-long plot conducted by Hand and Welch to murder
Hand’s wives in order to collect their lucrative insurance policies. Having been convicted in
state court and having exhausted his state appeals, Hand now brings this habeas corpus petition.
The district court denied the petition, and for the following reasons, we affirm.