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Brown to be executed today

Published: Thu, February 4, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.

A T-bone steak and ice cream were to be part of the killer’s special meal.


Mark Aaron Brown



COLUMBUS — Mark Aaron Brown spent much of Wednesday afternoon talking on the telephone with friends and his attorney in the hours leading up to his scheduled execution today.

Brown, 37, arrived at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility just before 10 a.m., making the trip from death row at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown.

“They said his mood was very quiet, very cooperative,” said Julie Walburn, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Brown is set to be executed by lethal injection at 10 a.m. today, pending any last-minute court action. Gov. Ted Strickland denied his request for clemency late Wednesday afternoon, concurring with the unanimous recommendation of the state parole board.

Brown was convicted in the 1994 shooting deaths of Isam Salman and Hayder Al-Turk at the Midway Market in Youngstown.

Public defenders representing Brown said his former legal counsel mishandled the case and subsequent appeals and never fully investigated his innocence claims. They also said Brown’s upbringing with a mother addicted to drugs should be considered.

But Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains, representatives of the state attorney general’s office and Salman’s sister and several of his children urged the parole board to leave Brown’s death sentence intact.

In mid-January, the parole board recommended, on a 6-0 vote, that Brown face death, noting that it found nothing “compelling” to support Brown’s contention that he did not shoot Salman.

On Wednesday, prison staff completed mental health and vein assessments on Brown shortly after his arrival at the prison Death House. Walburn said staff identified veins in both arms.

He was allowed to keep clothing, a gold cross and chain, a compact disc player and six CDs, a Bible and a couple of religious books in the holding cell where he spent much of the day. He also kept two boxes of honey buns, a package of cookies and an orange soda.

During the morning, Brown spent time writing and watching television. He ate the standard prison-issue lunch — chicken tacos, pinto beans and tortillas.

From about noon until after 3 p.m., Brown spoke on the phone in separate calls to two friends and his attorney. For several hours Wednesday evening, he was set to have contact visits with a brother, his spiritual adviser and a sister.

Brown was also scheduled to eat a special meal that included a T-bone steak cooked well done, a double bacon cheeseburger with french fries and onion rings, 7-Up cake with lemon and vanilla frosting, rocky-road ice cream, potato chips and orange soda.

Brown will be offered breakfast at 5:30 a.m., then will be allowed cell-front visits with his family, friends, his legal counsel and clergy before preparations for the execution begin.

Brown’s attorney and a spiritual adviser will witness the execution on his behalf; three members of Salman’s family will witness on behalf of the victim.

Brown has requested that his body be cremated, and his remains are to be turned over to his sister.


A timeline

An overview of events leading up to the execution of Mark Aaron Brown of Youngstown for two murders he committed in 1994:

Jan. 13: Ohio Parole Board recommends against clemency for Brown. Gov. Ted Strickland later accepts the board’s recommendation.

Jan. 15: Ohio Public Defender’s Office has hearing before Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on Brown’s request for a new trial based on new evidence.

Jan. 20: Judge Sweeney denies Brown’s request for a new trial.

Jan. 22: Ohio Public Defender’s Office appeals Judge Sweeney’s ruling to the 7th District Court of Appeals.

Monday: Ohio Supreme Court refuses to delay Brown’s execution as does U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost.

Tuesday: 7th District Court of Appeals hears oral arguments on whether Brown should get a new trial. The court denies him a new trial. Brown also files appeal with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to delay his execution.

Wednesday: 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals won’t delay Brown’s execution. Brown moved to Lucasville for his execution.

Today: Brown is scheduled to die by lethal injection.

Source: Vindicator files, AP


1cathgal(8 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

How terribly sad that with all of our technology, we use it to destroy more human life, instead of using it to protect society by keeping offenders safely locked away. We instead revert to the barbaric notion that we have the duty to kill such offenders. What good will come of his death? Nothing. Closure can not be had from killing this man. We do not need to execute people to protect society in this country. While the acts commited are deplorable and the family's suffering immense, nothing can be gained from perpetuating the cycle of violence by executing him.

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2mzfeefee(22 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

cathgirl I agree. How ironic (and idiotic) that we kill people to teach people that killing people is wrong.

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3Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Well he would've never been in this situation if he wouldn't have murdered someone. He put himself right where he's at because of his ignorant righteousness to kill another human being. That is the penalty, whether you believe in the death penalty or not, he killed another human being in cold blood and now he's getting what he did for it. He killed, he should have thought about the death penalty when he was high and shooting someone that was cowering in a corner.
Terribly sad? Well he should have been living a decent honest life then the profession he chose. Now everyone feels bad for the animal, Unreal!
There is no reason to murder a innocent person and you live in Ohio and you know there is the death penalty. So the animals still kill. You get what you deserve.
Next one line up........

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4snyder(13 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

I couldnt agree with you more LIfes2short. The only issue I have is all the money that was spent to keep him in prison for all those years. It would have been cheaper just to shoot him in the court room after conviction like the way he did to his victims.

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5PHISHIE(105 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Society, I believe has a obligation to take actions against a murderer. Murderers must be punished. The punishment may or may not be a determent to others. That does not matter. What is important is that someone that murders an innocent person, needs to be punished. Living in prison is without doubt not a equitable punishment for a murderer. Life in prison is not the fair punishment for a murderer. Did the killers victim have even a chance at that. Life in prison. No killers need to be eliminated from life on this earth.

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6theword(342 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

see ya!!!!! Who's next?

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7Heard_it_all_before(62 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Moral and legal arguments aside, it is a proven fact that no killer who has been executed ever committed another violent crime. Execution is not called the "Death Lesson" or the Death Deterrent" - it is the Death PENALTY. It is the cost of his brutality and lack of regard for innocent people's live that he so cavalierly took. I cannot buy the 'criminal-as-victim' line. It ignores all those who grew up in poverty, with terrible parents and other challenges, but who still managed to live decent lives without killing people. Recidivists whose crimes escalate should be kept incarcerated BEFORE they get to murder, if they are not benefitting from experiences gained in their earlier crimes. I am sorry for the loss that will be felt by those who love him - but I can find no sorrow for him or other recent lethal injection recipients who were all- powerfull while killing, but who went to their death whimpering for clemency they don't deserve. You better hope Hell is not run by crime victims....

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8JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

This cat looks like Ray Lewis in the above photo. Minus the high-powered attorneys, of course.

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9woolyd(579 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

STAY UP CAINE!!!!! Did this man not know Tyrin Turner and Larenz Tate were playing in a scene from a fictional movie?? He brought this upon himself "an eye for an eye"!!!!!!

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10Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Mark was the man of the hour with gun in hand taking his victims lives back in 1994 . Today his final hour has come . Now his execution can only be stopped by governor Strickland .

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