Ohio Supreme Court Hears Death Row Inmate Arguments

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The Ohio Supreme Court has heard arguments in an appeal involving a death row inmate who sought DNA testing on a cigarette butt found near the scene of the 1990 double murder that led to his sentence.

At issue in the case heard Tuesday is whether there is a constitutional appeals process for death row prisoners who have requests for DNA testing denied after a trial ends. A ruling from the court could take months.

Defendant Tyrone Noling was convicted of killing Bearnhardt and Cora Hartig at their Portage County home in 1990, but he maintains his innocence.

Noling contends technological advances make it possible to identify who smoked the cigarette and determine whether that person was among other previously undisclosed suspects.