Ohio killer asks high court to stop execution


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio killer scheduled to die Tuesday for stabbing an Akron woman to death in 1997 has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay his execution.

Brett Hartman said in a court filing Friday that he needs time to renew arguments that he received improper legal representation.

Attorneys for the 38-year-old Hartman argue that lower courts have improperly stopped him from raising claims that his attorneys didn't do a good job explaining to jurors why he should be spared.

Hartman is scheduled to die Tuesday for the Sept. 9, 1997, slaying of 46-year-old Winda Snipes of Akron.

Records show that Snipes was beaten, strangled with a cord, stabbed 138 times, had her throat slit and her hands cut off.

Gov. John Kasich denied Hartman clemency Thursday.

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