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July 6, 2011

Ohio's queue for executions now 11 deep and more than a year long

As detailed in this Columbus Dispatch article, headlined "2012 execution dates set for two murderers," the Ohio Supreme Court continues to line up executions dates, roughly one each month, for condemned Ohio murderers. Here are the details:

The Ohio Supreme Court yesterday set two more execution dates in 2012, meaning the line of condemned killers scheduled to die is now more than a year long.

The court set a July 26, 2012, execution date for John Eley, 62, who shot and killed Youngstown store owner Ihsan Aydah in 1986.  The court also set Sept. 20, 2012, as the execution date for Donald Palmer, 46, of Belmont County, who killed Charles Sponhaltz and Steven Vargo in 1989.

The state has executed four killers this year; five more executions are scheduled through the end of the year. Now six are set for 2012.

The next lethal injection is set for July 19. Kenneth Smith of Butler County is to be put to death for murdering a Hamilton couple in their home in 1995.  The Ohio Parole Board unanimously recommended that Gov. John Kasich not grant clemency.

Though Ohio is continuing to set a notable execution pace (especially for a state not named Texas), the state still has a very long way to go to clear even its current death row.  At latest count, Ohio has 152 persons on death row; even if it could regularly complete 10 or 11 executions each year, the state would still not execution all those its juries have already condemned to death until around 2026.

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Maybe when they start setting executions 5 years out they'll finally start setting dates less than a month apart.

Posted by: MikeinCT | Jul 6, 2011 5:57:47 PM

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