Ohio guard investigated in inmate suicide resigns

COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio prison guard has resigned after an investigation about falsification of logs documenting checks on a death row inmate who later committed suicide.

Corrections officer Clay Putnam and another guard were put on paid leave after the Aug. 4 suicide of Billy Slagle just days before his scheduled execution.

Slagle was convicted of killing his neighbor, Mari Ann Pope, in Cleveland in 1987, according to the AP.

Putnam declined to comment Thursday on his resignation announced by the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

The state patrol, which also investigated, says no charges are planned.

A second guard remains on leave while the state investigates changes to an electronic log documenting how often checks were done on Slagle on death row in Chillicothe.

Two consultants hired by the state are reviewing Slagle's suicide as well as the Sept. 4 hanging death of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro in the Correctional Reception Center just south of Columbus.

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