Ohio Court Upholds Death Sentence In Slaying of Two

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man condemned to die for killing his estranged wife and her friend in 2004.

Duane Short was convicted of shooting Donnie Sweeney with a sawed-off shotgun in Short's wife's yard in Huber Heights in suburban Dayton, then going inside the house and shooting the wife, Rhonda Short.

The court rejected arguments by the 43-year-old Short that he was improperly denied the right to present evidence that could have led the jury to consider a different sentence.

The court noted that Short said on the record during his trial that he didn't want such evidence presented.

The court also noted that Short's attorneys still managed to present some evidence during their cross-examination of witnesses for the state.

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