Ohio Prepares To Execute Condemned Killer

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering a request to delay the execution of a convicted killer to allow a mental competency hearing.(Photo: .)
The Ohio Supreme Court is considering a request to delay the execution of a convicted killer to allow a mental competency hearing.(Photo: .)

A man convicted in the slayings of his estranged wife and brother-in-law at a Cleveland courthouse has been moved to the southern Ohio prison where he’s scheduled to be executed Wednesday.

A prisons spokeswoman said Abdul Awkal, 53, arrived Tuesday at the death house in Lucasville. If put to death, Awkal would be the second man Ohio executes this year since the end of an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment that lasted six months.

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering Awkal’s request to delay the execution to allow a hearing about his mental competency. The state opposes a delay.

The 1992 killings occurred as Awkal and his spouse from an arranged marriage were taking up divorce and custody issues.

Awkal’s earlier requests for clemency were denied.

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