Court postpones execution of prisoner through crack


Columbus, Ohio (AP) —Thursday, the Supreme Court of Ohio postponed the execution of a convicted murderer.

Death row prisoner David Martin, 36, was scheduled to die on May 26. Associated Press Report last year He appeared without a lawyer for over a year after the court upheld the ruling in 2018 and missed the opportunity to file a customary appeal in federal court.

The judge continues Martin’s execution until all of Martin’s legal options are exhausted.

Martin was sentenced to death in 2014 for shooting and killing 21-year-old Jeremy Cole during a robbery in northeastern Ohio two years ago. Martin also shot Cole’s girlfriend’s head and seriously injured her.

If the State Supreme Court upholds the death penalty, an execution date is automatically set. Lawyers representing prisoners on appeal usually ask courts to postpone their dates while the cases enter the federal system. This is a request automatically granted by the court. In many cases, the appeal will continue for the next few years.

However, in Martin’s case, the lawyer did not initially take over his case, no request was made, and the opportunity to appeal his death sentence appeared to have been lost. A question prompted by Martin’s approach to AP posted his proceedings on the radar of a public defender.

The High Court’s temporary grace against Martin is in the midst of an informal death penalty moratorium in the state, prompted by legal setbacks and challenges to obtain deadly injectables.

Republican Governor of Ohio Mike DeWine said last year that lethal injection was no longer an option and asked state legislators to identify another method. Meanwhile, he postponed many executions.

The state’s last execution was in July 2018.

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