Ohio Court Rejects Killer Of 3 Innocence Claim

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected the claim of a death row inmate who says he did not kill a 7-year-old girl and two other people in a 1994 shooting.

The court without comment Wednesday turned down the appeal by 45-year-old Kevin Keith.

He is sentenced to die for the attack in an apartment in Bucyrus in northern Ohio that also wounded three others.

Keith's public defenders say there is another suspect and that a police detective lied about a witness' statement.

Police and prosecutors allege Keith opened fire on a group in retaliation for a drug arrest that he blamed on a snitch related to the victims.

Keith has exhausted his regular state and federal appeals and prosecutors have asked the state supreme court to set an execution date.

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

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