COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An execution scheduled this week could reduce Ohio's death row population to its smallest size since July 1995.
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/QjqHM9 ) reports the number of inmates on death row will drop to 145 if Donald Palmer is put to death as scheduled on Thursday.
The governor has denied clemency for Palmer, who was convicted of fatally shooting two men in eastern Ohio in 1989. He didn't seek mercy from the state parole board.
He would be the second inmate executed this year.
The death row population peaked at 209 in late 2003. Since then, it has steadily declined as the number of inmates being sent to death row was outpaced by those being executed or having their death sentences lifted for various reasons.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com