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Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence: By a ruling of 5-2, Ohio's highest court voted to uphold the conviction and death sentence for convicted murderer, Calvin Neyland Jr.  The Associated Press reports that Neyland, a former truck driver, was convicted of murdering his boss and another man in 2007 as he was about to be fired from his job.  Neyland's attorneys challenged his conviction based on the claim that their client is schizophrenic and that the leg shackles he was required to wear during trial prejudiced the jury against him.

Task Force Makes 100th Cold Case Indictment: Cleveland's newly created DNA Cold Case Task Force has reached a milestone after securing their 100th indictment using evidence from once-abandoned rape kits.  Paul Kiska of ABC 5 reports that thousands of boxes holding DNA rape kit evidence were found in an evidence room inside the city's police headquarters dating back to 1993, a task force was created earlier this year and has been working tirelessly to finally put an end to these once-cold cases.  Cleveland Police Lieutenant James McPike expects about 1,600-4,000 cases to be solved once the DNA testing has been completed.

OK Sets Execution Date for Convicted Killer: The Oklahoma Criminal Court of Criminal Appeals has granted convicted killer Charles Warner a 180-day stay, setting November 13 as his newly scheduled execution date.  Graham Lee Brewer of News OK reports that 46-year-old Warner had been scheduled to be executed April 29, but the procedure was delayed after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett took place earlier that day.  The state's attorney general supported the delay in Warner's execution, allowing time for a full investigation into Lockett's execution.  See also prior post by Bill Otis.


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