Ohio Appeals Ruling On Condemned Inmate

Abdul Awkul admits to fatally shooting his wife and brother-in-law inside a Cleveland courthouse 20 years ago, but he argues his life should be spared because of severe mental illness.(Photo: ODRC)
Abdul Awkul admits to fatally shooting his wife and brother-in-law inside a Cleveland courthouse 20 years ago, but he argues his life should be spared because of severe mental illness.(Photo: ODRC)

The state is appealing a judge’s decision that an Ohio man is too mentally ill to be executed for killing his estranged wife and brother-in-law in a courtroom basement.

Cuyahoga County Judge Stuart Friedman ruled that Abdul Awkal lacks the capacity to understand why the state intends to execute him. The execution of the 53-year-old Awkal is scheduled for Wednesday.

County Prosecutor Bill Mason is appealing the judge’s decision to the Eighth District Court of Appeals.

In a separate request Monday, Mason asked the Ohio Supreme Court to order Friedman to set a new execution date for Awkal if he is eventually deemed competent to be put to death.

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