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COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Parole Board is recommending against clemency for a condemned double killer who declined to ask for mercy from the board.
Forty-three-year-old Donald Palmer is scheduled for execution Sept. 20. He was convicted of fatally shooting two men in the head along a Belmont County road in eastern Ohio on May 8, 1989.
Palmer's attorney David Stebbins says it's rare for inmates not to seek mercy but it's a decision that must be honored if the offender is competent.
The board ruled unanimously Friday, saying that Palmer didn't provide evidence he should be spared, there is no question of his guilt, and his behavior in prison has been poor.
Gov. John Kasich has the final say, but Stebbins says he expects the execution to proceed.
AP Legal Affairs Writer
The Associated Press