Condemned Ohio killer asks parole board for mercy

COLUMBUS (AP) — A condemned Ohio inmate asked the state Parole Board for mercy a third time today ahead of his scheduled execution next month for stabbing an Akron woman more than 100 times, then cutting off her hands.

Brett Hartman came within about a week of execution in 2009 before federal courts allowed him to pursue an innocence claim. When that claim failed, Hartman had a new date set last year, but that was postponed because of a federal lawsuit over Ohio’s execution policy.

The parole board has twice unanimously denied Hartman’s requests for clemency, citing the brutality of the Sept. 9, 1997, slaying of 46-year-old Winda Snipes and the “overwhelming evidence” of Hartman’s guilt. Snipes was beaten, strangled with a cord, stabbed 138 times, had her throat slit and her hands cut off, according to records submitted to the parole board by Summit County prosecutors.

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