UPDATE: Ohio Gov Issues Condemned Inmate 2-Week Reprieve

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich has granted a condemned killer a two-week reprieve to allow a court to conduct a hearing on the inmate's mental competency.

The reprieve Tuesday evening temporarily spared Abdul Awkal (ab-DUHL' AW'-kuhl), who was facing execution in less than 18 hours when Kasich made his announcement.

Kasich said he ordered the reprieve to allow Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Judge Stuart Friedman enough time to hold a hearing on Awkal's mental condition.

Friedman ruled Monday there was evidence to believe Awkal was not competent to be executed.

The 53-year-old Awkal was sentenced to die for killing his estranged wife from an arranged marriage and his brother-in-law in a Cuyahoga County court basement in 1992.

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UPDATED 6/05/2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A condemned Ohio inmate awaiting execution in less than a day is in good spirits and has ordered a last meal consisting mostly of vegetables.

Abdul Awkal has been moved to the state's death house at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility where he is about to begin visits with a lawyer and a friend.

Prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says Tuesday that Awkal has been laughing and talking with execution team members.

Smith says Awkal's special meal, to be served after his visits, consists of cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, carrots, cucumber, corn and tomatoes.

He also ordered ice cream, cheese pizza and Pepsi.

Awkal is awaiting word from the Ohio Supreme Court on his request to delay his execution to allow a hearing on his mental competency.

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Ohio prepares to execute condemned killer of 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A man convicted in the slayings of his estranged wife and brother-in-law at a Cleveland courthouse has been moved to the southern Ohio prison where he's scheduled to be executed Wednesday.

A prisons spokeswoman says 53-year-old Abdul Awkal arrived Tuesday at the death house in Lucasville. If put to death, Awkal would be the second man Ohio executes this year since the end of an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment that lasted six months.

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering Awkal's request to delay the execution to allow a hearing about his mental competency. The state opposes a delay.

The 1992 killings occurred as Awkal and his spouse from an arranged marriage were taking up divorce and custody issues.

Awkal's earlier requests for clemency were denied.

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LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Ohio could regain its status as one of the country's busiest death penalty states, with 11 executions scheduled over the next 20 months, following the resumption of lethal injection in the case of a man who fatally stabbed the 15-year-old son of his former employers.

Wrangling over the state's execution procedures has delayed the imposition of capital punishment since July, but a federal judge has initially cleared the state to proceed.

On Wednesday, Mark Wiles died by lethal injection at 10:42 a.m., with the inmate using his final words to express hope his death would bring closure to his victim's family, but also protesting the death penalty.

"Finally, the state of Ohio should not be in the business of killing its citizens," Wiles concluded, reading a statement that
the warden held over his head. "May God bless us all that fall short."

It was the 47th execution since Ohio resumed putting inmates to death in 1999, and the state has 11 more executions scheduled, including June, July, September and November.

The next scheduled execution is June 6, when condemned killer Abdul Awkal, 52, is set to die for killing his estranged wife and brother-in-law in 1992, in a room in Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court.

Wiles, looking haggard with a sparse, cropped gray beard and shaven head, stared at witnesses for a few moments when he entered the death chamber. A few minutes later, strapped to the gurney and IV lines inserted into his arms, he raised his head and looked at witnesses again.

"Since this needs to be happening, truly I pray that my dying brings some solace and closure to the Klima family and their loved ones," he said.

The 49-year-old Wiles also thanked his family for their love and support.

As the lethal sedative began flowing, Wiles nodded, appeared to be speaking, swallowed, spoke again, then gasped a few moments later. Wiles' stomach rose and fell several times and his head moved slightly, then his mouth fell open and he lay still for several minutes before he was pronounced dead.

John Craig, a cousin of Wiles' victim Mark Klima and a witness of the execution, appeared briefly before reporters to respond to Wiles' last words.

"It's my opinion that Mark Wiles gave up his citizenship to Ohio when he murdered my cousin and became an inmate, more or less a condemned man," Craig said.

Wiles, who dropped his final appeal last week, told the Ohio Parole Board that he wasn't sure he deserved mercy but he was requesting clemency because he had to. Both the parole board and Gov. John Kasich denied Wiles' request.

Wiles' defense team had argued he should be spared because he confessed to the crime, showed remorse and had a good prison record.

Wiles was not "the worst of the worst," and the parole board showed inconsistency in allowing his execution, his public defenders said in a statement.

Records show that Wiles surprised 15-year-old Mark Klima during a burglary at his family's farmhouse and stabbed him repeatedly with a kitchen knife until he stopped moving.

Wiles paced back and forth and was emotional and anxious in his last minutes in his cell a few steps from the death chamber, prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said. The inmate spent the night on the phone, listening to the radio and writing letters, Smith said. He and two sisters and a brother-in-law cried during emotional visits Wednesday morning, and he also said the rosary with his spiritual adviser, a Roman Catholic priest who works at Ohio's death row in Chillicothe.

Wiles did not sleep since arriving at the death house Tuesday morning about 9:45 a.m., Smith said.

Ohio's most recent execution delays stem from inmates' lawsuits over how well executioners perform their duties.

The state has a review process in place that allows prisons director Gary Mohr to oversee the details and procedures of the execution policy.

Before the execution, Mohr said he was "absolutely confident" in the state's ability to carry out the procedure properly.

"We have more documentation on this than anything in my 38 years that I've been in this business," Mohr said. "It's the most documented execution in the United States of America."

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LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's informal moratorium on carrying out the death penalty has ended with Wednesday's execution of a man for the fatal stabbing of his former employer's teenage son.

Reading a final statement shortly before being given a lethal injection, Mark Wiles said he prayed his dying would bring some solace to the family of victim Mark Klima, but also added that he thought Ohio should not be "killing its citizens."

A cousin of Klima's who witnessed the execution told reporters afterward Wiles had "given up his citizenship" when he killed the 15-year-old in 1985.

Questions about injection protocol had led to a temporary halt in executions in the state, but the state prisons director said before the execution he was "absolutely confident" in the state's ability to carry out the procedure properly.

Ohio authorities currently have 11 more executions scheduled, including in June, July, September and November.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio has executed a man who fatally stabbed a teen in 1985, marking the state's first execution in six months.

Forty-nine-year-old Mark Wiles died by lethal injection Wednesday, ending an unofficial moratorium on the death penalty
that occurred while the state and a federal judge wrangled over Ohio's lethal injection procedures.

Wiles, who dropped his final appeal last week, told the Ohio Parole Board he wasn't sure he deserved mercy but requested clemency because he had to.

Both the parole board and Gov. John Kasich denied Wiles' request.

Records show that Wiles surprised 15-year-old Mark Klima during a burglary on his family's farmhouse and stabbed
him repeatedly with a kitchen knife until he stopped moving.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A condemned inmate has been moved to the southern Ohio prison where he's scheduled to be executed for fatally stabbing the 15-year-old son of his former employers during a burglary at the family's northeastern Ohio farmhouse in 1985.

A prisons spokeswoman says 49-year-old Mark Wiles arrived at the Lucasville facility Tuesday morning.

His execution scheduled for Wednesday would end an unofficial six-month moratorium on the death penalty while the state and a federal judge wrangled over Ohio's lethal injection procedures.

Wiles dropped his final appeal last week. He told the Ohio Parole Board he wasn't sure he deserved mercy.

Gov. John Kasich denied Wiles' clemency request.

Records show Wiles surprised Mark Klima during a burglary and stabbed him repeatedly with a kitchen knife until he
stopped moving.

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