Monday, May 12, 2003

Dining Delay in Ohio...

The highlights....

Execution delayed by Ohio Supreme Court

CINCINNATI (AP) The execution of a convicted killer has been delayed for six weeks while his attorneys argue for another trial.

Jerome Campbell's execution, which has been pending since 1989, had been set for May 14. The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday postponed it to June 27 to allow time for Campbell's request for a new trial to be considered.

Defense lawyers are challenging the testimony of two jailhouse informants and the state's use of bloody gym shoes as evidence. They say DNA tests showed that blood on Campbell's tennis shoes was his, not the victim’s.

Campbell, 41, was convicted of aggravated murder and aggravated burglary in the 1988 stabbing of Henry Turner, 78, a bootlegger who sold alcohol and cigarettes from his Cincinnati apartment.