Judges would assess defendants' likelihood of skipping out on court appearances based on a variety of factors instead of a strict system of cash bail, under measures being considered by Ohio lawmakers.
From the day of his arrest in 1994 for fatally shooting three people, Kevin Keith has proclaimed his innocence. He pointed to alibi witnesses who placed him elsewhere, an alternative suspect and a host of inconsistencies in the evidence against him.
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.
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the death sentence is appropriate for a man who planned a killing and restrained the victim as he was fatally stabbed, even though the man who wielded the knife received a life sentence instead.