Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ohio execution to proceed on Sept. 20

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has denied mercy for a death row inmate set to be executed next week for shooting two men in the head in eastern Ohio in 1989.

Donald Palmer had not requested mercy from the Ohio Parole Board, which can recommend clemency for a condemned inmate to the governor.  He is scheduled for execution on September 20.

The board rejected clemency for Palmer last month, and Kasich denied it on September 11.

The 43-year-old Palmer is scheduled for execution for fatally shooting two men along a Belmont County road on May 8, 1989.

His attorney has not explained why Palmer didn't request mercy from the board or governor.

Ohio has 146 inmates on death row. Including Palmer, 10 inmates are scheduled for execution through March 2014.

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