Supreme Court Hears Ohio Death Penalty Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington (AP) -- The Supreme Court appears likely to give Ohio another chance to sentence a convicted killer to death, despite a previous finding that the man is mentally retarded.

The high court heard oral arguments Monday in the case of Michael Bies, who was convicted of killing a 10-year-old boy in Cincinnati in 1992.

Several of the court's liberal justices seemed to agree with the state's argument that bies never received a proper hearing on his mental state because he was sentenced years before the high court barred the execution of the mentally disabled.

The court is considering Ohio's challenge to a federal appeals court decision last year that overturned bies' death sentence.

A ruling is expected by summer.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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