Death Penalty

Death Penalty
7:26 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Court Upholds Death Sentence For Cincinnati Man

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence for a Cincinnati man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and two young children.

Mark Pickens was sentenced to die in 2010 after a jury found him guilty in the shootings of 19-year-old Noelle Washington, her infant son and a 3-year-old girl she was babysitting a year earlier.

The court's ruling issued Tuesday rejected Pickens' arguments that questioned testimony at the trial and how the jurors were selected.

Pickens was 19 at the time of the shootings.

Politics
7:40 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Prosecutors Want Death Penalty Drug Info Shielded

Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio.
Credit Honavery

Ohio prosecutors are pushing for laws that would shield the identity of pharmacies making a specialized dose of a lethal drug.
 
Draft legislation that could be debated later this year also would grant anonymity to members of the state execution team and prevent doctors who consult with Ohio about its execution policy from being disciplined.
 
John Murphy, executive director of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, said Thursday that without a viable execution method there won't be a death penalty in Ohio.
 

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Statewide News
12:55 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Judge Extends Temporary Halt To Ohio Executions

A federal judge has extended a months-long moratorium on executions in Ohio as debate over the state's new two-drug combination continues.
 
The moratorium was to end this week. The new order extends it through Jan. 15.
 
That will delay executions scheduled for September, October, November and January, and highlights the ongoing problem faced by states in obtaining drugs to put inmates to death.
 

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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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