Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 5:20 PM
The Ohio Parole Board has recommended against clemency for a death row inmate who was convicted of killing two people, one of them a police officer, in the Cleveland area back in 1994. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports the fate of prisoner Harry Mitts Junior now lies with Governor Kasich.
It was 1994 in an apartment building in Garfield Heights.
A resident in that building, Harry Mitts, shot and killed a man after allegedly making racist comments, then later shot and killed a responding officer. He fired shots at two other police officers and the SWAT team eventually had to come in to arrest him.
Mitts was later convicted of the two deaths and attempted murder for shooting at the other police officers.
At his recent clemency, attorneys for Mitts said he wasn’t represented properly by his attorney at the time of conviction. The parole board was told Mitts is not a remorseless, racist cop killer. And Mitts’ lawyers said clemency is warranted because the state is about to change its death penalty protocol. But the parole board didn’t buy any of these arguments and unanimously ruled against granting clemency for Mitts.
It’s now up to Governor Kasich to decide whether to accept the parole board’s recommendation.
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