Akron -- Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Ohio's Ninth District Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of 42-year-old Daniel Tighe.
According to Walsh, it was determined that on July 23, 2013, Tighe murdered his son, 5-year-old Peyton Ralston, and Peyton's mother, 31-year-old Wendy Ralston. Tighe hid their bodies in a wooded area behind their shared residence. On Aug. 10, 2013, Tallmadge Police were dispatched to the Stone Creek Drive home after Wendy's mother found two bundles with unknown contents inside. Tallmadge Police discovered the remains of Wendy and Peyton inside the bundles.
On Feb. 27, 2015, a Summit County Jury found Tighe guilty of aggravated murder; murder, a special felony; domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony; tampering with eveidence, a third-degree felony; and abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony.
On March 25, 2015, Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Lynne Callahan sentenced Tighe to life in prison without parole for the murders.
In his appeal, Tighe argued his statements made to investigators should not have been allowed during trial and that police violated his rights. Tighe also argued there was insufficient evidence to support a conviction. The Ninth District Court of Appeals disagreed and denied Tighe's appeal.
"Daniel Tighe brutally murdered Wendy and Peyton Ralston, wrapped their bodies in blankets, and dumped them in the woods. Tighe also initially lied to Tallmadage police about Wendy and Peyton's whereabouts," said Walsh. "With his appeal denied, Daniel Tighe will never get out of prison. Justice has been served for Wendy and Peyton."