Witness: Cuyahoga County condemned killer feels remorse

CLEVELAND - A death penalty opponent says a condemned killer facing execution next week in Ohio feels remorse for killing his wife and brother-in-law in a Cleveland courthouse in 1992.

The testimony by David Singleton of Cincinnati's Ohio Justice and Policy Center came in the second day of a hearing on whether 53-year-old Abdul Awkal is too mentally ill to face execution.

He received a last-minute reprieve from Gov. John Kasich last week.

Singleton has met with Awkal and says Awkal opposed seeking clemency from the governor, believing the CIA was pushing for his execution.

The judge hearing the case expects to hear two final witnesses Thursday.

The Ohio Parole Board voted 8-1 last month against recommending mercy, with most members concluding that Awkal planned the shooting.

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