August 24, 2001 |
The state parole board denied clemency Thursday for a man who says he'd rather die in the electric chair than by injection for a slaying he claims was committed by an accomplice. In its 10-1 vote, the board said statements by an accomplice exonerating John W. Byrd Jr. of the murder lacked "any credibility whatsoever." Gov. Robert A. Taft must decide whether to accept the board's recommendation.
June 15, 2001 |
A convicted killer whose life was twice spared by a court just minutes before he was to be put to death was executed Thursday for the 1983 murder of a delicatessen owner. Jay D. Scott, 48, died by injection just after 9 p.m. at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility at Lucasville. Scott was calm as prison employees walked him into the death chamber and strapped him onto a gurney. He nodded toward family members in an adjacent witness room several times.
August 4, 2013 |
A death row inmate in Ohio who was scheduled to be executed in three days was found hanged in his cell early Sunday, officials said. Authorities found the body of Billy Slagle, 44, at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution south of Columbus about 5 a.m., prison spokeswoman JoEllen Smith told the Los Angeles Times. He was declared dead at 6:11 a.m. Officials suspect suicide. Slagle would have been executed by lethal injection at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The prison typically places death row inmates on suicide watch 72 hours before the execution, Smith wrote in an email, but "inmate Slagle had not yet been placed on constant watch.
April 3, 1996 |
Taco Bell President and Chief Operating Officer Kenneth E. Stevens is leaving the fast-food leader to become chairman and chief executive of Banc One Retail Group in Columbus, Ohio, the companies said Tuesday. Stevens, 44, became Taco Bell's president in July 1994 after serving as a senior executive with Taco Bell and its parent company, PepsiCo Inc. He previously spent eight years with McKinsey & Co.
August 19, 2009 |
Newly seated Justice Sonia Sotomayor has cast her first recorded vote on the Supreme Court, joining a dissent by three liberal justices to stop a pending execution in Ohio. The full court turned down the last-minute appeal from lawyers for Jason Getsy late Monday evening by a 5-4 vote. Getsy, 33 and a convicted hit man, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 8 a.m. Pacific time today. In a 1995 murder-for-hire attack, Getsy shot Charles Serafino seven times, though the victim survived.
January 16, 2014 |
Convicted murderer and rapist Dennis McGuire took more than 15 minutes to die, appearing to gasp during his execution Thursday by Ohio using a combination of drugs never tried before in the United States. The process, using a two-drug protocol, is the latest attempt by states seeking a way to execute prisoners in a constitutionally approved manner that avoids cruel and unusual punishment. The issue has been complicated because the manufacturer of a drug previously used made it unavailable for use in capital punishment.