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In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Governor: Ohio Having Difficulty Finding Execution Drugs

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Gov. Mike DeWine says the state is having difficulty finding a new set of execution drugs following concerns raised by a judge over the constitutionality of Ohio’s current lethal injection system. DeWine said Wednesday that a significant obstacle is the possibility of drugmakers cutting the state off from supplies of drugs… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Ohio House Approves Death Penalty ‘Mental Illness’ Bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio House has approved a bill prohibiting the executions of defendants if they’re found to have had a “serious mental illness” at the time of the offense. Offenders deemed by professionals to have had “serious mental illness” must have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, or delusional disorder…. Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Bill Would Bar Death Penalty If ‘Serious Mental Illness’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill now in Ohio’s legislature would allow people convicted of aggravated murder to avoid the death penalty if they’re found to have had a “serious mental illness” at the time of the offense. Republican Rep. Brett Hudson Hillyer, of Uhrichsville, sponsored the bill. He has said the death penalty should… Read More

DeWine Says New Lethal Injection Protocol Coming Soon

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The Ohio Supreme Court has added a new inmate to the execution schedule – though Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed four executions until a new way to carry them out is developed. DeWine said the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is moving on his order to work up a new lethal injection method. “We expect to… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Prosecutor: Time to Discuss New Execution Method

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A veteran prosecutor and longtime critic of delaying executions says it’s time for Ohio to consider new execution methods after a new round of delays was announced. Republican Ron O’Brien is prosecutor in central Ohio’s Franklin County. He says nitrogen gas is an option that has been discussed as an alternative… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

DeWine Delays 3 More Executions While Drugs Reviewed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday delayed three additional executions to give the Ohio prison system time to develop a new lethal injection method, responding to a federal judge’s scathing critique of the first drug used in the current process. Federal Judge Michael Merz said in January that inmates could suffer severe… Read More

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Man who Pleaded Guilty in 4 Lawrence County Slayings Sentenced to Death

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IRONTON, Ohio (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty in the deadly Ohio shootings of four relatives, including a young boy, has been sentenced to the death penalty. A panel of three judges sentenced 24-year-old Arron Lawson on Thursday in the 2017 slayings near Ironton in southern Ohio’s Lawrence County. Prosecutors say he killed his… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Governor Says ‘No Executions’ Without Court-Backed Drugs

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Recent statements and actions by Gov. Mike DeWine suggest Ohio could go years without executing another death row inmate. Last month, the Republican governor ordered the prison system to come up with a new lethal drug protocol after a federal judge’s scathing critique of the first drug in Ohio’s method. Last week, DeWine… Read More