Parole board says Lorraine should be executed
The state parole board says a Trumbull County man on Death Row for the brutal murder of an elderly couple 25 years ago should be executed next month as scheduled.
The panel released its recommendation Wednesday morning after considering the clemency request from Charles Lorraine, who will face lethal injection on Jan. 18.
Gov. John Kasich will have final say in the matter.
Lorraine was sentenced to death in the knifing deaths of Raymond and Doris Montgomery, the latter of whom was confined to a bed at the time of the killing. Lorraine stabbed both multiple times before ransacking their Warren home and using the money he stole to buy drinks for friends at a bar.
Public defenders have argued that Lorraine displays evidence of a traumatic brain injury that has affected his thinking abilities and judgment. They also say his original legal counsel provided an inept defense that led to the death penalty over a lengthy prison sentence.