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Condemned Ohio Killer Seeks Execution Delay

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Another condemned Ohio inmate is seeking to have his execution delayed, citing a judge's criticism of the state's death penalty process that has already postponed three executions.

Joseph Murphy is scheduled to die Oct. 18 for killing 72-year-old Ruth Predmore in her Marion home in 1987.

The 46-year-old Murphy in a court filing Thursday made the same arguments that led a federal judge in June to criticize Ohio's capital punishment procedures as haphazard.

That decision by U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost delayed one execution, and Gov. John Kasich has since postponed two others.

The Ohio prisons department has announced a new execution policy that it says should address Frost's concerns, but the judge hasn't ruled on the updated procedures.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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