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February 21, 1999 | Associated Press
A killer dubbed "The Volunteer" because of his desire to die rather than face life in prison was put to death by injection Friday night in Ohio's first execution since 1963. In the afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Wilford Lee Berry Jr., 36, who refused to participate in his lawyers' efforts to save his life. Berry was convicted with a cohort of shooting to death a Cleveland baker in a 1989 robbery.
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August 4, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
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.
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NEWS
March 26, 1991 | From Associated Press
The Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for Ohio to execute a killer--who was not sentenced to death. Crago vs. Ohio (90-7095) apparently was presented to the justices as a death penalty case, but Martin Crago was asking the court to review a long sentence, not a death sentence. Baffled court employees could not recall such a thing ever happening before.
NATIONAL
August 19, 2009 | David G. Savage
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.
NEWS
August 24, 2001 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
June 15, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
NATIONAL
August 4, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
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.
BUSINESS
April 3, 1996 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NATIONAL
August 19, 2009 | David G. Savage
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.
NATIONAL
January 16, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
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.
NEWS
August 24, 2001 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
June 15, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
February 21, 1999 | Associated Press
A killer dubbed "The Volunteer" because of his desire to die rather than face life in prison was put to death by injection Friday night in Ohio's first execution since 1963. In the afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Wilford Lee Berry Jr., 36, who refused to participate in his lawyers' efforts to save his life. Berry was convicted with a cohort of shooting to death a Cleveland baker in a 1989 robbery.
BUSINESS
April 3, 1996 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 26, 1991 | From Associated Press
The Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for Ohio to execute a killer--who was not sentenced to death. Crago vs. Ohio (90-7095) apparently was presented to the justices as a death penalty case, but Martin Crago was asking the court to review a long sentence, not a death sentence. Baffled court employees could not recall such a thing ever happening before.
OPINION
October 14, 2009
Over the course of two hours, nurses attempted 18 times last month to find a vein in Romell Broom in which to inject the convicted murderer with a lethal combination of drugs. Broom even tried to help them, massaging his arms and straightening tubes. Finally, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland called off the execution -- for the day, at least. A rare occurrence? Ohio, 2006: The execution of Joseph Lewis Clark took close to 90 minutes after executioners had trouble finding a vein. "It don't work, it don't work," Clark told them.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2012
“I'm good, let's roll.” Those were the last words of convicted killer Brett Hartman before his execution by lethal injection in Ohio on Tuesday morning, punishment for the mutilation and murder of a woman in Akron 15 years ago. Hartman was put to death for the murder of Winda Snipes, whose body was found by police on her bedroom floor, without hands, her throat slit and her body shredded by 138 stab wounds. She was still alive when Hartman tied one of her ankles to the bed with pantyhose.
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