COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio prosecutor plans to submit his position on whether a condemned killer facing execution next month for a Cleveland produce vendor's 1983 slaying should receive mercy.
Attorneys for defendant Arthur Tyler say he should receive clemency partly because a second defendant repeatedly admitted being the shooter.
They also argue a jury was coerced into issuing a death sentence and that a prosecutor and some of Tyler's defense attorneys at trial had a conflict of interest.
Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Prosecutor Tim McGinty planned to file a motion on Tyler's case Monday afternoon ahead of Tyler's clemency hearing Thursday.
The Ohio Parole Board makes a recommendation to the governor, who has the final say.
The 54-year-old Tyler is scheduled to die May 28.