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.
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