COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence given a Canton man convicted of gunning down two men in a 2006 drug-related killing.
A jury sentenced Edward Lang to death for the killing of Jaron Burditte and sentenced him to life without the possibility of parole for the killing of Burditte's friend, Marnell Cheek.
Court records say Lang and an accomplice had contacted Burditte, a local drug dealer, with plans to rob him.
The court's Wednesday decision overruled objections by Lang that the original indictment did not properly spell out the elements of the death penalty case against him.
The court set a 2013 execution date for Lang but that will likely be delayed by years of federal appeals.
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