Execution Ends Six-Month Moratorium

Mark Wiles is scheduled to die April 18 for the 1985 murder of a 15-year-old boy.(Photo: ODRC)
Mark Wiles is scheduled to die April 18 for the 1985 murder of a 15-year-old boy.(Photo: ODRC)

Ohio has executed a man who fatally stabbed a teen in 1985, marking the state’s first execution in six months.

Mark Wiles, 49, died by lethal injection this morning, ending an unofficial moratorium on the death penalty that occurred while the state and a federal judge wrangled over Ohio’s lethal injection procedures.

Wiles, who dropped his final appeal last week, told the Ohio Parole Board he wasn’t sure he deserved mercy but requested clemency because he had to.

Both the parole board and Gov. John Kasich denied Wiles’ request.

Records show that Wiles surprised 15-year-old Mark Klima (KLEE’-muh) during a burglary on his family’s farmhouse and stabbed him repeatedly with a kitchen knife until he stopped moving.

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