CLEVELAND - On Wednesday of next week, convicted killer Billy Slagle is scheduled to die for killing Mari Anne Pope 25 years ago. The murder happened in Cleveland on August 13, 1987. With just days to go before his execution, Slagle, now 44, has the prosecution on his side.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty feels if the case was prosecuted today, a death sentence for Slagle would not necessarily be secured. In a statement McGinty said, "While in no way do these factors excuse the crime...they would likely have led a jury to recommend life without the possibility of parole."
The jury at the time did not have the option of life in prison. "I feel like we came to the right decision," said a juror who asked us not to use her name.
"I mean I feel bad about it. It's a life. But he took a life and it was deliberate. He tried to hide. He took his shoe off to tip toe around," the juror said.
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