Andrew Welsh-Huggins
AP Legal Affairs Writer

COLUMBUS: The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a request by attorneys for a condemned Ohio inmate to allow a psychologist to view the parole board’s interview with the inmate as part of the clemency process.

The attorneys say having the psychologist present is needed to determine the mental competency of John Eley, scheduled to die July 26 for killing a Youngstown convenience store owner in 1986.

The attorneys say Eley’s mental competency has long been questioned but the prisoner refuses to cooperate with efforts to have him evaluated.

The court ruled against the request Wednesday without comment, a day before the scheduled interview.

Eley was sentenced to death for the Aug. 26, 1986, fatal shooting of Ihsan Aydah, the owner of Sinjil Market in Youngstown.