Execution date set for Ken Biros

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court has set the execution date for a Trumbull County man convicted in a brutal 1991 murder.

Kenneth Biros, 50, formerly of Brookfield, is scheduled for lethal injection at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility on Dec. 8, according to high court documents released Wednesday.

He will have a clemency hearing before the state parole board in coming months. That board and Gov. Ted Strickland denied clemency following a similar hearing in January 2007.

Biros was convicted in the February 1991 murder of Tami Engstrom, a 22-year-old woman who he offered to drive home from a Masury bar.

The victim was murdered, mutilated and dismembered, with parts of her body scattered in two Pennsylvania counties as well as in Brookfield, according to documents.

It will be Biros’ second trip to Lucasville. He was transferred to the death house at the state prison two years ago, where he ate his special last meal and visited with family members. But the execution was stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court as part of a federal case challenging Ohio’s lethal injection protocol.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins filed a motion in April to set the execution date, arguing that Biros had exhausted all state and federal remedies.

But legal counsel for Biros argued against setting the date, stating in court filings that he is still a party to the federal lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of the state’s execution process.

Counsel also argued that Biros had not been properly charged with an offense allowing the death penalty.

Biros remains on Ohio’s Death Row in the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown.

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