Ohio Justices Won't Halt Double Killer's Execution

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Youngstown, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Supreme Court has refused to delay Thursday's execution of a man who bragged that he would mimic a Hollywood movie by killing two shopkeepers.

The justices refused Monday to delay the execution of 37-year-old Mark Aaron Brown in the 1994 slayings in Youngstown.

Prosecutors and police say Brown bragged he was going to commit a so-called "Menace II Society," a movie that begins with the killings of two shopkeepers.

The defense says the "Menace II Society" claim came from a witness who wasn't credible.

Prosecutors asked to show the movie for the trial jury, but the judge refused.

Still, jurors learned about the "Menace II Society" connection from police testimony.

The state parole board has recommended against clemency.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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