Man who killed inmate awaits his execution


Associated Press

COLUMBUS

The state prepared Monday to execute a man for beating and stomping to death a fellow inmate in a jailhouse assault, stopping periodically to mop blood off his sneakers, after the two argued over which TV channel to watch.

Clarence Carter, 49, was moved from death row in Youngstown to the southern Ohio prison that houses the state’s lethal-injection chamber around 10 a.m., about 24 hours before his scheduled execution Tuesday, said prisons spokesman Carlo LoParo.

Carter is being executed for killing Johnny Allen Jr., 33, who died two weeks after the December 1988 beating in the Hamilton County jail in Cincinnati. Carter punched, choked, kicked and stomped on Allen for a half-hour; days before, Carter had punched Allen in the eye when one of the men changed a TV channel, investigators said.

Allen was being held on a theft charge. Carter was in the jail waiting to be sentenced on a prior conviction of aggravated murder. He told the Ohio Parole Board in February that the earlier slaying was over drugs, money and documents that had been stolen from a drug operation in which he was involved.

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