Both Sides Back Mercy for Condemned Killer


Arthur Tyler

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers on opposite sides of the death penalty agree that a condemned Ohio killer set to die next month should be spared.

Where the lawyers disagree in the case of death row inmate Arthur Tyler is why Gov. John Kasich should grant mercy ahead of Tyler’s May 28 execution.

Attorneys representing Tyler plan to make their arguments to the Ohio Parole Board Thursday, followed by Cuyahoga County prosecutors.

Tyler’s lawyers will tell the board their client is innocent and should be freed based on statements by a co-defendant, while prosecutors will argue Tyler’s sentence should be commuted to life without parole because of questions about the conviction.

The 54-year-old Tyler was sentenced to die for the 1983 shooting of a Cleveland produce vendor.


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