Kasich denies clemency for convicted Ohio killer

COLUMBUS — Gov. John R. Kasich has denied a request for executive clemency from Donald Palmer, who in 1989 was convicted of the aggravated murders of Steven Vargo and Charles Sponhaltz in Mount Pleasant in Belmont County.

Palmer is scheduled to be executed Sept. 20 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. On Aug. 16, the Ohio Parole Board recommended against clemency for Palmer by a vote of 8 – 0.

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