Cuyahoga County prosecutor examining all capital cases

CLEVELAND - The prosecutor in Ohio's most populous county isn't limiting his review of the state's capital punishment law to the case of a man set for execution next month.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty will look at each of the three other inmates from the county scheduled to die this year and next.

McGinty, who promised to reduce the number of capital indictments when running for election last year, will also look at all cases as death row inmates receive execution dates.

McGinty has taken the rare step of asking the Ohio Parole Board to spare condemned killer Billy Slagle, set to die Aug. 7 for fatally stabbing a neighbor in a burglary.

McGinty wants pursuing capital punishment to be the exception, not the rule.

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