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A Franklin County grand jury has indicted a Columbus man on ten counts related to the January murders of his ex-girlfriend and two of her children.

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The Ohio Supreme Court has set an execution date for a condemned killer over the objection of two justices who question establishing dates when the state doesn't have any lethal drugs.

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A person judged to suffer from severe mental illness at the time of a killing that could result in a death sentence would be spared from capital punishment under a bill before Ohio lawmakers. 

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich has ruled out looking for alternative methods of execution, such as the firing squad or hanging, while the state struggles to find supplies of lethal injection drugs.

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The decision to push back execution dates for a dozen condemned killers for a year or more has angered supporters of the death penalty in Ohio. And it has some state lawmakers considering new methods for execution.

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 A former Ohio Supreme Court justice has urged lawmakers to support a bill that would spare from death sentences people judged to suffer from severe mental illness at the time of the killing.

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Opponents of the death penalty are at the end of a week-long walk to the state capital, which started at the maximum security prison in Lucasville, where executions are carried out.

A Franklin County Grand Jury Thursday returned a death penalty indictment for 25-year old Roy Harvison in the connection with the murders of his estranged wife and her brother.

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. 

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

The Future of the Death Penalty

Jan 22, 2014

10:00 am

Last week convicted killer Dennis MCGuire was put to death in Ohio using an untested cocktail of drugs. Witnesses say he struggled and gasped for breath for 10 minutes before he died. This hour we'll examine the difficulty of finding drugs for use in executions, and discuss the reactions of some rights groups and legislators in the wake of this event.

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Ohio has executed 29 killers since reinstituting the death penalty in 1999.

The latest was Daniel Wilson, who was put to death by lethal injection this week.

Associated Press reporter Andrew Welsh-Huggins has been researching Ohio's death penalty law, and he says he's found wide discrepancies in how it's applied. In some counties, he says, plea bargains are common, while prosecutors in other counties won't offer deals to people facing the death penalty.

Ohio's Hahn "just an evil person"

Sep 18, 2006

In 200 years, Ohio has executed more than 400 men .and four women. Ohio Northern Law Professor Victor Streib says, We as a people have a much harder time taking the life of a woman than the life of a man.

Streib is the author of the upcoming book The Fairer Death: "Executing Women in Ohio." He says it is difficult to determine why three of the women were sentenced to die. But in the case of Anna Marie Hahn, there was no doubt.

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