COLUMBUS: Ohio Gov. John Kasich has rejected clemency for a condemned inmate scheduled to die next month for killing his estranged wife and brother-in-law.
Lawyers for Abdul Awkal argue the 53-year-old man suffers from severe mental health problems and should be spared, but the state said Awkal carefully planned the 1992 killings and should be executed.
The Ohio Parole Board recommended against clemency earlier this month for Awkal, who shot his victims in a basement room in the Cuyahoga County Courthouse.
Kasich on Wednesday followed the board’s ruling without explanation.
Awkal was sentenced to death for killing his estranged wife, Latife Awkal and brother-in-law Mahmoud Abdul-Aziz in a Cuyahoga County room where the Awkals were taking up divorce and custody issues.