Condemned Ohio killer wants execution delayed

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio continues to deviate from its written execution policies in violation of a judge’s strict order to follow its own rules, according to attorneys for a condemned Ohio inmate who have asked that next month’s execution be delayed.

Lawyers for Brett Hartman did not give examples of the problems but asked federal judge Gregory Frost to have a hearing where they can present evidence.

The unspecified problems came during the April 18 execution of Mark Wiles of Portage County and the Sept. 20 execution of Donald Palmer of Belmont County, Hartman’s attorneys said in a court filing late Thursday. They said the problems show that Hartman and other inmates won’t be treated with equal protection under the law.

The attorneys said state officials, by not following their protocols, “will treat each of these inmates — including Hartman — differently than other condemned inmates in administering an execution,” Hartman’s attorneys said.

Hartman is scheduled to die Nov. 13 for the Sept. 9, 1997, slaying of 46-year-old Winda Snipes of Akron.

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