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Parole board rejects killer’s request for mercy

Associated Press

COLUMBUS: A condemned killer of two whose request for mercy was rejected Tuesday by the Ohio Parole Board has no additional appeals planned, meaning his fate rests with Gov. John Kasich.

Harry Mitts Jr. is scheduled to die by injection Sept. 25 for killing two men, including a police officer, during a 1994 outburst at an apartment.

According to court records, Mitts uttered racial slurs before shooting his first victim, John Bryant, who was black.

He fired on two police officers as they approached his apartment where he’d taken refuge, wounding one and killing the second, Garfield Heights Sgt. Dennis Glivar.

At trial, Mitts’ attorney argued that Mitts suffered an alcoholic blackout that night and didn’t know what he was doing.

In its unanimous ruling, the board said it wasn’t convinced Mitts had taken full responsibility for the crime, and it rejected his claim that the shooting wasn’t racially motivated.


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