Death Penalty

Statewide News
5:40 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Ohio Court To Hear Former Death Row Inmate's Claim

The Ohio Supreme Court has accepted the appeal of a former death row inmate trying to clear his name in a pair of slayings he didn't commit.

Dale Johnston of suburban Columbus was sentenced to die in 1984 for the shooting deaths of his teenage stepdaughter and her fiance two years earlier.

The case against him fell apart on appeal, and he was freed in 1990. Another man confessed in 2008 to killing the couple.

Two years ago, a Franklin County judge declared the 80-year-old Johnston innocent in the slayings, allowing him to seek compensation from the state.

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Statewide News
7:35 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Governor Delays Next Scheduled Execution

The controversial way in which a murderer was executed has sparked heavy scrutiny from groups around the country. Now Governor Kasich has delayed the next scheduled execution.

Convicted murderer Gregory Lott was slated for lethal injection on March 19, but the governor has moved that execution date to November 19.

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Statewide News
6:35 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Reviews: No Changes Necessary After Ohio Execution

Initial reviews of a lengthy execution several weeks ago found no reason to change the way Ohio puts condemned prisoners to death.

The reviews, required by prison rules, found that the state execution policy was followed, and execution and medical team members did what they were supposed to.

The state is still planning a longer review of Dennis McGuire's Jan. 16 execution looking at specific things that happened during the procedure.

Statewide News
8:04 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Attorneys: Ohio Inmate Wasn't Coached To Fake Pain

Federal public defenders who represented an Ohio killer put to death with a new lethal injection method are denying the condemned inmate was coached to fake suffocation.

The lawyers say it appears death row inmate Dennis McGuire may have misunderstood a lawyer's request to communicate truthfully what was happening to him during the execution.

Federal public defender Allen Bohnert's statement released Tuesday also renewed a call to Gov. John Kasich to impose a moratorium on executions.

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Statewide News
7:35 am
Tue January 21, 2014

ACLU: Ohio Governor Should Halt Executions

A civil-rights organization is asking Ohio Gov. John Kasich to immediately halt executions after a condemned inmate gasped and snorted last week as an untested drug combination was used to put him to death.

The ACLU of Ohio made its request to Kasich on Sunday, noting Ohio has five upcoming executions scheduled.

Death row inmate Dennis McGuire was executed Thursday. And it was the longest execution since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999. McGuire's adult children said it amounted to torture and his family says they're suing.

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