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Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien sought the death penalty against Quentin Smith. He gave his closing arguments on Oct. 31, 2019.
Fred Squillante / Pool/Columbus Dispatch

Quentin Smith, convicted of murdering two Westerville Police officers in February 2018, narrowly avoided a death sentence this week.

"The Quentin Smith case was, even for today, a classic death penalty case. Killing a police officer in Ohio is a death penalty specification, killing two or more people is," says Andrew Welsh-Huggins.

A tribute to two Westerville officers, who were killed in an apparent ambush while responding to a 9-1-1 call.
Nick Evans / WOSU

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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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

A Franklin County jury has sentenced Quentin Smith to life in prison without the possibility parole for the murder of two Westerville Police officers.

Jonathan Quilter / Pool Photo

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.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Nov 4, 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 the Weekly Reporter Roundtable on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the death penalty in Ohio, and more. 

 

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Voters fill out their ballots at the Hamilton County Board of Elections on the first day of early voting, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Cincinnati.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss why it's so hard to get voters out to polls for local elections where their impact can be much greater. Political consulatant Mary Anne Sharkey joins the show.

Gov. DeWine Delays Two More Executions

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

Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine reviews his prepared comments ahead of a primary election night event, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.
Bryan Woolston / Associated Press

For the first time in three years, Ohio likely won’t see an execution in 2019.

Westerville Police

Jury selection resumes Monday morning for Quentin Smith, the man accused of fatally shooting two Westerville Police officers in February 2018. Opening arguments in the trial could start as soon as Monday afternoon.

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.

Ohioans To Stop Execution successfully stopped the execution of Raymond Tibbetts in 2018..
OTSE

Members of the Ohio Parole Board will be given extensive information about the background of condemned inmates asking for mercy before they interview the prisoners, under a change in board policy that addresses a longtime criticism of the interview process.

Execution chamber in Florida
Doug Smith / Florida Department of Corrections

A federal judge is allowing an Ohio prison pharmacist to destroy the state's supply of expired lethal injection drugs.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Sep 16, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.
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A federal appeals court has ruled that the state of Ohio’s three-drug formula for executions doesn’t constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

The decision contradicted a lower-court ruling that said the protocol causes needless suffering. 

Coming up on the weekly Reporter Roundtable: How Gov. Mike DeWine may respond to the recent execution ruling, and Otterbein University gets a Democratic presidential debate.

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