death row

State of Ohio / Governor's office

Gov. John Kasich has finished dealing with executions for the remainder of his time in office following a modern-era record of death penalty commutations.

Ross Geiger, a juror on the murder trial of Raymond Tibetts, expresses remorse for voting on the death penalty.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

A member of the jury who recommended the death penalty for a convicted murderer in 1997 is now seeking mercy for that killer. The juror says he would’ve reached a different decision had the case been argued better.

obert Van Hook

The Ohio Parole Board has voted 8-1 to recommend that Gov. John Kasich deny clemency to a Cincinnati killer who’s set to be executed on July 18.

Fifty eight-year-old Robert Van Hook was convicted of stabbing David Self to death after picking him up in a Cincinnati bar in 1985.


A condemned killer is asking the Ohio Parole Board for mercy, saying he experienced a "homosexual panic" of self-revulsion before killing a man he picked up at a bar more than 30 years ago.

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Court-ordered costs owed by an Ohio death row inmate – who killed his girlfriend and her 83-year-old father – are keeping the prisoner so poor he can't afford basics like shoes or boots, civil rights lawyers say.


A juror who voted for a death sentence 20 years ago is now asking Ohio Gov. John Kasich to spare the condemned killer.


The state Supreme Court has for the third time upheld the death sentence for Ohio's only condemned female killer.

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Attorneys for a convicted Ohio killer who survived a botched execution attempt in 2009 are opposing a request to set a new execution date.

Jail cell
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The state says an Ohio man condemned to die for the slaying of his former girlfriend has killed himself on death row.


The Ohio Supreme Court is again considering a challenge by the state's only condemned female killer of her death sentence.

U.S. Supreme Court
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The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a man's conviction and death sentence for the Ohio killing of a youth counselor.

Dale Johnston
Witness to Innocence

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a former death row inmate can sue for wrongful imprisonment over a 3-decade-old double slaying he didn't commit.

Ohio AG Appeals New Trial Order For Death Row Inmate

Jul 21, 2015
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

The Ohio attorney general has told the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that his office will appeal a judge's order granting a new trial to a man on death row for the slaying of a Cleveland police officer in 2000.

Bill To Abolish Death Penalty Gets Support Of Budget-Conscious Republican

Jul 16, 2015
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A state lawmaker is once again pushing a bill to get rid of the death penalty in Ohio, and her latest effort is getting support from at least one unlikely ally. 

Exonnerated Death Row Inmates Push For Change To Law

Apr 15, 2015
Former death row inmates
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Six of the nine Ohioans who were exonerated after being sentenced to death want state lawmakers to consider changes to capital punishment in Ohio.