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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..
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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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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.
Kiichiro Sato / Associated Press

A federal appeals court says an execution set for next May can go forward, because the condemned killer didn’t prove his claim that the state’s three-drug execution method is unconstitutional. 

Kristofer Garrett was sentenced to death by a Franklin County jury on Wednesday.
Franklin County Jail

Kristofer Garrett, who was found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend and 4-year old daughter, was sentenced to death by a Franklin County jury on Wednesday.

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.
Kiichiro Sato / Associated Press

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.

House Speaker Larry Householder
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) says his support for the death penalty is wavering as Gov. Mike DeWine's administration says it doesn’t think there’s a way to carry out executions that a federal court would find suitable.

Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Gov. Mike DeWine says that no executions will take place in Ohio anytime soon, saying the state can’t find a method for executions under state law that would get approval from a federal court. The governor also dismissed a proposal by state Rep. Scott Wiggam (R-Wooster) to use an illegal opioid for lethal injections.

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.
Kiichiro Sato / Associated Press

The refusal of pharmaceutical companies to sell the state drugs to use in executions has capital punishment at a virtual standstill in Ohio. A state lawmaker said he has a possible solution.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Aug 5, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.
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A gunman killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio early Sunday morning. 

This mass shooting came less than 24 hours after a similar incident in an El Paso, Texas shopping center. 

Today on our Reporter Roundtable, we talk about Ohio lawmakers and guns.

Updated 4 p.m. ET

The shooter behind the grisly mass shooting that left 20 people dead and 26 wounded at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on Saturday morning has been identified by officials as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas.

State prosecutors in El Paso announced on Sunday that they will pursue the death penalty against Crusius.

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.
Kiichiro Sato / Associated Press

Gov. Mike DeWine is delaying the execution of a death row inmate for the second time, as the state works to overhaul its lethal injection protocol. But anti-death penalty advocates say it's time for a more comprehensive change to the way Ohio prosecutes capital punishment cases.

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