Ohio inmate appeals sentence, cites execution cost

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A lawyer for a truck driver sentenced to die for killing his boss and another man has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to give the inmate life in prison instead, arguing the cost of execution would be an unnecessary burden for taxpayers.

The Blade (http://bit.ly/12nPJ2J ) in Toledo reports justices on Tuesday questioned that argument and seemed more interested in whether inmate Calvin Neyland (NY'-luhnd) Jr. was mentally ill.

Neyland was convicted of fatally shooting the two men at Liberty Transportation outside Toledo in 2007 as he was about to be fired.

The now 49-year-old Neyland was diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder, and an earlier court case referenced mental illness.

Prosecutors argue he functioned reasonably and had a mental condition, not mental illness.

The Supreme Court didn't immediately rule.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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