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Report Includes Restrictions On Ohio Death Penalty

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The panel that spent more than two years studying changes to Ohio's death penalty law proposes that capital charges require biological or DNA evidence or a videotaped confession.
2:52PM
April
10, 2014

Prosecutors would need much stronger evidence against a murder defendant before bringing death penalty charges under recommendations proposed by a statewide capital punishment review committee.

State Releases Annual Death Penalty Report

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10:42AM
April
1, 2014

The annual report covers every execution in Ohio since 1981 when the state reinstated the death penalty. Four people joined that list in 2013.

Family Promises Lawsuit Over 25-Minute Execution

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The 53-year-old McGuire was sentenced for the 1989 rape and fatal stabbing of Joy Stewart in western Ohio's Preble County.
11:00AM
January 16, 2014

Dennis McGuire’s attorney Allen Bohnert called the convicted killer’s death “a failed, agonizing experiment” and added: “The people of the state of Ohio should be appalled at what was done here today in their names.”

Bill Would Allow Execution For Violent Sexual Assault

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Republican State Rep. John Becker says six other states already have a similar law in place.
7:56AM
August 28, 2013

A proposal to allow the death penalty people with multiple convictions of violent sexual assault goes against the recommendations of a task force studying Ohio’s execution policies.

Death Penalty Panel: Save Punishment For Worst Of The Worst

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8:31AM
July
8, 2013

A task force reviewing Ohio’s death penalty law recommends narrowing the number of crimes that qualify for capital punishment.

Northeast Ohio Man Executed For 1997 Murder

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Brett Hartman was convicted in the brutal 1997 murder of Winda Snipes in Akron.
10:40AM
November 13, 2012

The state of Ohio has executed Brett Hartman, the man convicted of brutally killing a Northeast Ohio woman in 1997.

Ohio Executes Eastern Ohio Killer

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Donald Palmer was pronounced dead at 10:35 a.m. Thursday.
10:55AM
September 20, 2012

Donald Palmer admitted to fatally shooting two people in Belmont County in 1989. In the days leading up to his execution he said he had found God and was ready to die to bring justice to his victims and their families.

Too Fat To Be Executed?

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Ronald Post, who shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago, said his weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems raise the likelihood his executioners would encounter severe problems.
7:31AM
September 19, 2012

Ronald Post, who shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago, says his weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems raise the likelihood his executioners would encounter severe problems.

Busy Execution Schedule Follows Return Of Death Penalty

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Ohio has 11 executions scheduled over the next 20 months.
8:57AM
April
19, 2012

Ohio could regain its status as one of the country’s busiest death penalty states, with 11 executions scheduled over the next 20 months.