Report Includes Restrictions On Ohio Death Penalty

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Prosecutors would need much stronger evidence against a murder defendant before bringing death penalty charges under recommendations proposed by a statewide capital punishment review committee.

The panel that spent more than two years studying changes to Ohio's death penalty law proposes that capital charges require biological or DNA evidence or a videotaped confession.

The committee convened by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor was meeting Thursday to review its final report and 56 total recommendations.

Most of the proposals would need legislative approval with support uncertain in what remains a death penalty-friendly state.

The 71-page draft report obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday also proposes eliminating cases where an aggravated murder was committed during a burglary, robbery or rape and banning the execution of the mentally ill.