The Latest: Attorney praises reprieve for Ohio killer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a reprieve granted an Ohio killer scheduled to die next week (all times local):
The attorney for a condemned inmate granted a reprieve ahead of his execution next week says Ohio’s governor acted in the interest of fairness and justice.
Federal public defender Erin Barnhart says a juror’s reconsideration of capital punishment for death row prisoner Raymond Tibbetts provides a compelling reason for the Ohio Parole Board to reconsider the inmate’s clemency request.
The board voted 11-1 against clemency last year. Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sihk) on Thursday granted Tibbetts an eight-month reprieve.
Former juror Ross Geiger wrote Kasich last month to say jurors weren’t told enough about Tibbetts’ horrific childhood.
The 60-year-old Tibbetts was sentenced to death for killing Fred Hicks at Hicks’ Cincinnati home in 1997.
Prosecutors declined to comment.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sihk) has delayed the execution of a death row inmate who was scheduled to die next week for fatally stabbing a 67-year-old man.
The Republican governor announced a reprieve Thursday in the case of death row inmate Raymond Tibbetts.
Kasich is sending Tibbetts’ plea for clemency back to the Ohio Parole Board. The governor wants the board to consider a letter from a juror who recommended Tibbetts be sentenced to death, but now believes he should be spared.
The juror wrote Kasich last month saying jurors weren’t told enough about Tibbetts’ horrific childhood.
The 60-year-old Tibbetts was sentenced to death for killing Fred Hicks at Hicks’ Cincinnati home in 1997. Tibbetts was sentenced to life for also beating his wife, Judith Crawford, to death.