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Ohio inmate seeks last-minute execution delay

Published: Tue, July 30, 2013 @ 5:30 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — A condemned killer scheduled to die next week for fatally stabbing a Cleveland woman 17 times is seeking a new trial.

Attorneys for death row inmate Billy Slagle say a jury never had the chance to hear evidence of his violent and chaotic childhood.

The attorneys also say in a filing in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court today that a jury never learned of Slagle’s lack of family support when he tried to beat his drug and alcohol addictions.

Slagle’s lawyers have asked the Ohio Supreme Court to delay his Aug. 7 execution while he pursues the trial request.

Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio Parole Board both rejected the 44-year-old Slagle’s request for mercy in the 1987 killing of neighbor Mari Anne Pope.


1Roger_Thornhill(991 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Enough already.

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2jfgiancola(177 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Oh boo hoo. So you had a chaotic childhood. Many of us, myself included, have. That is no excuse for killing someone. And as far as the alcohol and drug use is concerned, I have no sympathy for you. Nobody force fed you either of those I'm sure. You did the crime and now it's time to pay the piper. Accept your punishment like a man.

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3LtMacGowan(695 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

The Death Penalty is just state sponsored murder. With the worst aspect being that for every number of Slagles executed you will eventually execute innocent men. I won't have that on my conscience.

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