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A tribute to two Westerville officers, who were killed in an apparent ambush while responding to a 9-1-1 call.
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A Franklin County jury has put a period on the murder of two Westerville Police officers who were killed while responding to a domestic violence incident. Jurors recommended two life sentences without the possibility of parole for Quentin Smith. 

Changing Views On The Death Penalty

Nov 7, 2019
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Governor Mike DeWine delayed execution dates again last week for two death-row inmates as the state continues its search for a pharmaceutical company willing to sell drugs for use in executions.

It marks the first time in three years Ohio will not hold any executions in a calendar year.

Today on All Sides, the death penalty in Ohio.



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Sentencing proceedings began Monday in the case of the man convicted of murdering two Westerville Police officers.

Quentin Smith was found guilty in the deaths of Westerville Police officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli on Friday, November 1, 2019.
Fred Squillante / Pool/Columbus Dispatch

Jurors head back to court Monday for the sentencing phase of the trial for Quentin Smith, the man convicted of murdering two Westerville police officers.

Gov. DeWine Delays Two More Executions

Oct 31, 2019
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Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed two more executions, citing Ohio’s continuing struggles to find supplies of lethal injection drugs.

Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking"
Scott Langley

This weekend, Journey Of Hope From Violence To Healing is hosting a conference in Ohio on the death penalty.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Aug 26, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

Gov. Mike DeWine reiterated his stance on executions, saying the state’s current lethal injection protocol will not be used and Ohio needs to find another process.

However, DeWine’s office has given what some call mixed messages, as news state lawyers told the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that executions were still on the table.

Today on our weekly reporter roundtable, the death penalty and more politics news.



In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown talk about whether capital pubishment will be able to continue in the state or not.

Andrew Welsh Huggins, a reporter with the Associated Press in Columbus and author of the book No Winners Here Tonight: Race, Politics, and Geography in One of the Country's Busiest Death Penalty States, joins the show.

Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET

The U.S. government is poised to carry out the death penalty for the first time in nearly two decades, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has instructed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to change the federal execution protocol to include capital punishment, the Justice Department said.

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Fifteen pharmacology professors have filed a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court arguing to stop Wednesday’s scheduled execution of a condemned child killer from Akron.

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Ohio is delaying executions until at least 2017 while prison officials try to secure supplies of hard-to-obtain lethal injection drugs, officials said. Gov. John Kasich has issued warrants of reprieve allowing the execution dates for 11 inmates scheduled to die next year and one scheduled for early 2017 to be pushed into ensuing years.

Death Penalty Task Force

Apr 15, 2014

10:00 Under current Ohio law, aggravated burglary and kidnapping are potentially punishable by death. Ohio's Death Penalty Task Force has spent two years reviewing the state's capital punishment regulations, and it recently published recommendations based on its findings. We'll discuss whether the report offers necessary reforms, or if it goes too far. Guests

  • Timothy Young, Ohio Public Defender
  • Alan Johnson, reporter for the Columbus Dispatch

Capital Punishment in Ohio

Aug 16, 2010

High-ranking officials in Ohio call for comprehensive review of all death-row cases and a moratorium on executions, with Associated Press reporter Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Ohio Supreme Court justice Paul E. Pfeifer and Ohio College Access Network president/CEO Dr. Reginald Wilkinson.

Death Penalty in Ohio

Oct 5, 2009

Failed execution of Ohio inmate Romell Broom raises issues about the death penalty and lethal injection in Ohio, with Associated Press reporter Andrew Welsh-Huggins.