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Governor Kasich denies clemency for Slagle

2:05 PM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBUS -- Governor John Kasich has denied clemency for convicted Cleveland killer Billy Slagle.

Slagle was convicted of the 1988 murder of Mari Anne (Marnie) Pope, stabbing her to death as she babysat a neighbor's two children.

Earlier this month, the Ohio Parole Board recommended against Slagle receiving clemency by a vote of 6-4.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty had taken the unusual step of asking the parole board to spare Slagle's life and sentence him to life in prison.

McGinty is re-evaluating his office's approach to the death penalty.

He concluded that Slagle's issues with drugs, alcohol and an abusive home environment should spare him the death penalty.

Ohio's death penalty laws have changed. The Slagle jury did not have the option of life in prison.

Lauretta Keeton, the mother of the children traumatized by Pope's murder, sought to have Slagle's death sentence carried out.

She blames the suicide of her son partly on the emotional scarring he suffered from the crime.

When she learned of the Governor's decision, she said, "I felt justice has been served and my son and Marnie can rest in peace."

Slagle is scheduled to be executed August 7 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.


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