Judge rejects Akron killer Brett Hartman execution stay request

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal judge has rejected a condemned Ohio killer's request to delay his upcoming execution over allegations that the state continues to deviate from its written execution policies.

Death row inmate Brett Hartman argues that the state altered its procedures during April and September executions.

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost said Monday that the changes raised by Hartman don't violate his constitutional rights.

Frost also rejected Hartman's argument that allowing the state to cut short an inmate's last statement is a constitutional violation.

Frost says Ohio does not have a perfect execution system but has a constitutional system it appears to be following.

The 38-year-old Hartman is scheduled to die Nov. 13 for the 1997 slaying of Winda Snipes of Akron.
 

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