COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Parole Board has rejected mercy for a condemned killer who shot two people, including a police officer.

The board ruled unanimously Tuesday in Columbus against recommending that death row inmate Harry Mitts Jr. be granted clemency.

The 61-year-old Mitts is scheduled to die next month after being convicted in the 1994 double shooting outside Cleveland.

Mitts told the parole board in an interview earlier this month that he'd accept whatever decision it makes.

His attorneys told the board last week that Mitts is remorseful and accepts responsibility for what he did.

The state's supply of its execution drug expires at month's end, and Mitts will be the last person put to death with that drug if his execution is carried out.


By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer