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Former Prisons Head Opposes Death Penalty

terry collins
Terry Collins has spoken out several times against the death penalty citing its traumatic effect on staff members.
January 22, 2014

A former state prisons chief spoke out against the death penalty today. Retired director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Terry Collins says the state of Ohio needs to get out of the execution business.

Family Promises Lawsuit Over 25-Minute Execution

The 53-year-old McGuire was sentenced for the 1989 rape and fatal stabbing of Joy Stewart in western Ohio's Preble County.
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.”

Governor John Kasich Delays Execution of Convicted Killer

Ronald Philips
November 13, 2013

Ohio Governor John Kasich has delayed a condemned child killer’s execution to study the feasibility of allowing the man to donate his organs to ailing relatives.

Judge Won’t Stop Condemned Ohio Killer’s Execution

A federal judge has refused to delay the scheduled execution of Ohio death row inmate Ronald Phillips.
November 7, 2013

A federal judge has declined to block a child killer’s upcoming execution at the request of lawyers suing over Ohio’s new process for carrying out capital punishment.

Bill Would Allow Execution For Violent Sexual Assault

Republican State Rep. John Becker says six other states already have a similar law in place.
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.

Board Rejects Mercy For Condemned Ohio Killer Of 2

Harry Mitts
The Ohio Parole Board has rejected mercy for condemned killer Harry Mitts Jr. who shot two people, including a police officer.
August 27, 2013

The Ohio Parole Board has rejected mercy for a condemned killer who shot two people, including a police officer.

New Ohio Execution Plan Due In October

Justice Scales
Ohio will get a new method for executions in October.
15, 2013

A court filing says Ohio plans to come up with a new process for executing condemned inmates no later than Oct. 4.

OhioGov.: No Clemency Despite DA’s Plea

Billy Slagle
FILE - This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Billy Slagle.Governor Kasich today refused to grant Billy Slagle clemency in the death of his neighbor.
July 24, 2013

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has rejected clemency for a condemned Cleveland killer despite a prosecutor’s rare plea to commute his sentence to life without parole.

Divisions Mark Ohio Death Penalty Panel

Scales of Justice
The Ohio Supreme Court committee report looking at changes in the death penalty is likely to be divided.
15, 2013

An Ohio Supreme Court committee studying changes to the state’s death penalty law is almost guaranteed to produce majority and minority reports on their findings when its work is finished later this year.

Death Penalty Panel: Save Punishment For Worst Of The Worst

File photo
8, 2013

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