The Ohio Supreme Court has delayed a condemned killer's execution to allow time for him to be treated for mental illness.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a request to delay the execution of a condemned killer of two to allow a lower court to hold a hearing on whether he is so mentally ill that he should not be put to death.
Lawyers for Abdul Awkal say their client believes the CIA is orchestrating his execution and that he lives in a fantasy world where he is crucial to the country's Mideast war effort.
The attorneys want the execution delayed while courts determine his competency, and note a Cuyahoga County judge on Monday ruled there is evidence that Awkal is insane.
The state Supreme Court rejected the request 5-2 Tuesday.
The state opposed the request, and both Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio Parole Board rejected Awkal's request for mercy based on his mental health allegations.
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A psychiatrist testifying Wednesday for the state said a condemned killer facing execution next week is mentally competent, disputing a defense claim that he is too psychotic to be executed.
A hearing was scheduled to continue Wednesday for a condemned Ohio inmate believed by his attorneys to be too mentally ill to be executed.
The prosecutor who helped send the killer of a Youngstown store owner to death row told the state Parole Board on Tuesday that the condemned inmate should be spared.
Republican Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday issued a rare last-minute reprieve for a condemned killer, sparing Abdul Awkal for two weeks to allow a judge to hold a hearing on his mental competency.
The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a request to delay the execution of a condemned killer of two to allow a lower court to hold a hearing on whether he is so mentally ill that he should not be put to death.
A condemned Ohio inmate awaiting execution in less than a day is in good spirits and has ordered a last meal consisting mostly of vegetables.