State Won't Appeal Delay Of Ohio Execution

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- The state says it won't appeal a court ruling that delays the april execution of a man who says he's innocent.

The offices of the Summit County Prosecutor and Ohio Attorney General say they'll wait for a decision in a related case by the U.S. Supreme Court that could take several weeks.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday a reprieve was appropriate to determine whether Brett Hartmann could succeed with his claim that he did not murder 46-year-old Winda Snipes in 1997.

A three-judge panel of the Appeals Court granted the delay while the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether prisoners have a constitutional right to test dna evidence in their cases.

A decision is expected this spring.

The 34-year-old Hartmann was scheduled to die by injection April 7.

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

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  • by laura Location: cadiz, oh on Apr 2, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    I wanna know why they allowed someone who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death allow to live another 12 years after his sentencing. So taxpayers clothed, fed, and made sure this guy had medical attention for 12 years before he's executed. The whole point of received a sentence of execution is to be executed. I firmly believe that if you receive an execution sentence you should be executed the day of your sentencing. Why clothe, feed and medically tend to a person who committed a profound crime. I'm sure the victim's family has been waiting for this day for 12 years....why deny them their closure?
  • by butch Location: parkersburg on Apr 1, 2009 at 02:11 PM
    their should only be one appeal and one year wait. than execute them. perhaps a more stict death penalty instead of letting them string it out for years would deter some criminals.
  • by Anonymous Location: Belpre on Apr 1, 2009 at 04:31 AM
    sad that we have to wait 12 years to execute someone, my opinion we waited 11 years and 11 1/2 months to long and this is how we spend our precious tax dollars
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