COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio man condemned to die for fatally stabbing his neighbor 24 years ago could be the next inmate put to death following a pause in state executions.
Billy Slagle received the death sentence in 1986 for stabbing Mari Anne Pope 17 times in her Cleveland home after a break-in.
A judge's criticism that Ohio follows its execution policies haphazardly delayed executions scheduled for July and August.
The state responded with an updated set of rules last week.
The Ohio prisons department says the 42-year-old Slagle is still scheduled to die by injection Sept. 20. His attorneys want the procedure postponed because of continuing concerns about the policies.
Slagle's attorneys planned to ask for mercy for Slagle before the Ohio Parole Board Wednesday.
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