Traditional foes back mercy for condemned killer


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers on opposite sides of the death penalty agree that a condemned Ohio killer set to die next month should be spared.

Where the lawyers disagree in the case of death row inmate Arthur Tyler is why Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) should grant mercy ahead of Tyler's May 28 execution.

Attorneys representing Tyler plan to make their arguments to the Ohio Parole Board Thursday, followed by Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutors.

Tyler's lawyers will tell the board their client is innocent and should be freed based on statements by a co-defendant, while prosecutors will argue Tyler's sentence should be commuted to life without parole because of questions about the conviction.

The 54-year-old Tyler was sentenced to die for the 1983 shooting of a Cleveland produce vendor.

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