Ohio prepares to execute killer who stabbed woman


LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is preparing to execute a condemned killer who says he is innocent of stabbing a woman 138 times, slitting her throat and cutting off her hands.

The execution of Brett Hartman is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

Hartman was sentenced to die for the Sept. 9, 1997 killing of 46-year-old Winda Snipes in Akron.

The 38-year-old Hartman acknowledged he had sex with Snipes early that day, then went back to her apartment where he said he found her body, but always denied killing her.

Numerous courts rejected his claim and the Ohio Parole Board three times denied him clemency, citing the "overwhelming evidence" of his guilt.

Hartman's attorneys say no court ever heard the full story of Hartman's troubled childhood.

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