An Ohio prisons guard can stay on with state under an agreement that follows a review into the suicide of a death row inmate.
TOLEDO, Ohio - A lawyer in Ohio says a death row inmate who apparently hanged himself over the weekend didn't know his legal team had just received new information about his case that could have delayed his scheduled execution.
Attorneys representing 44-year-old Billy Slagle say they were planning to ask the Ohio Supreme Court on Monday to stop the execution scheduled for Wednesday.
Slagle was pronounced dead early Sunday after he was found in his cell at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. A coroner says preliminary autopsy results are consistent with suicide.
The Columbus Dispatch first reported that Slagle's attorneys found out late Friday that prosecutors offered Slagle a plea deal before his 1988 trial but that Slagle's former attorneys didn't tell him about the offer.
Ohio's prison system has faced a glut of bad news in recent months, from inmate suicides to four homicides in a single prison in about a year, but long-term population growth trends are causing officials the most headaches.
The report finds that suicides generally occur in high security prisons and in reception facilities where inmates first enter the system.
As more details emerged Tuesday about the suicide of a death row inmate last month, the state prison system announced a review of inmate suicides going back two years.
A report says one and possibly two prison guards falsified an electronic log documenting checks on an Ohio death row inmate who committed suicide.
The state says a prison inmate has committed suicide, the third case of an Ohio prisoner killing himself in two months.