Day: March 20, 2012

Arizona – The Supreme Court today, in Martinez v. Ryan

The Supreme Court today, in Martinez v. Ryan, recognized that where a state habeas lawyer was ineffective for failing to raise a claim that trial counsel was ineffective, procedural rules will not bar a federal court from hearing those claims. Read the entire opinion below.

Martinez v Ryan opinions

Update Blog

I made a page in  the menu  called “Your Page”, you can share case, petition, asking for help, This page is not reserved only for Usa, but for the whole world.

He hecho una página en el menú llamado “Tu página”, puede compartir vuestro caso,  petición, pedir  ayuda, Esta página no está reservada sólo para los Estados Unidos, sino para todo el mundo.

J’ai fait une page dans le menu appelée “Ta page”, vous pouvez partager des cas, des pétitions, demander de l’aide. Cette page n’est pas réservée uniquement pour les Usa, mais pour le monde entier.

Larry Matthew Pucket execution scheduled today march 20, 2012 – updates of the last 24 hours

March 20, 2012 Execution of Larry Matthew Puckett
7:00 p.m. News Briefing
Parchman, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) today
conducted the mandated execution of state inmate Larry Matthew Puckett. Inmate Puckett was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m. at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
MDOC Commissioner Christopher Epps said during a press conference following the execution that the evening marked the close of the Larry Matthew Puckett case. Puckett was sentenced to death in August 1996 for the Petal, Mississippi capital murder of Ms. Rhonda Hatten Griffis.
“The State of Mississippi – Department of Corrections has carried out a court order issued by the state Supreme Court. The role of the MDOC is to see that the order of the court is fulfilled with dignity,” said MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps. “Through the course of nearly 17 years, death row inmate Larry Matthew Puckett was afforded his day in court and in the finality, his conviction was upheld all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The cause of justice has been championed.”
“I ask that you join me in prayer for the family of Rhonda Hatten Griffis. It is our fervent hope that you may now begin the process of healing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you as you continue life’s journey,” said Epps.
Epps concluded his comments by commending Deputy Commissioner of Institutions/Parchman Penitentiary Superintendent Emmitt Sparkman and the entire Mississippi State Penitentiary security staff for their professionalism during the process.

 † Larry Matthew Puckett, 35, was put to death by injection and pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m
No,” was the final word from Puckett’s mouth after being asked if he had any final statements.

Epps said Puckett has also requested the opportunity to shower before his execution, but does not want a sedative before the injection.

“I asked him if he wanted one … he said he did not,” Epps said.

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from Mary Stennett Puckett
We have heard from the Governor and he has declined Matt’s clemency application. We have talked to Matt and he is calm and at peace. He asked that we not worry about him. We prayed that God would free Matt but God has a different definition for free. Matt will finally be free. I told him that he was put on this earth for a purpose and that was to teach us lessons. He asked that we not squander what we had learned and that if we can’t love our neighbor, then we cannot get right with God. We want to thank each and every one of you who joined us in this fight. We appreciate the petition signatures, the prayers and all the encouragement we as a family have received.

4:29 PM

Mississippi governor refuses to stop this evening’s execution

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has refused to stop the execution scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight of a Mississippi man for the sexual assault and slaying of the wife of his former boss.

3;46 pm source :

Puckett has asked for his remains to be released to his mother by way of Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg.

3.29 pm  source :

 Puckett spent Tuesday visiting with relatives. He requested a last meal of Macadamia nut pancakes, shrimp and grits, ice cream cake, caramel candy and root beer.

Puckett has a petition before the U.S. Supreme Court to block the execution. Thousands have signed an online petition in support of Puckett, insisting he is innocent.

Puckett’s supporters hope to persuade Gov. Phil Bryant to stop the execution.

Puckett has requested that his body be released to his mother, Mary Puckett.


2.58 pm  source :

Larry Matthew Puckett, set to be executed this evening, is currently visiting with his family.

Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps said in a news conference at Mississippi State Penitentiary that six family members were meeting with Puckett as of 2 p.m.

Puckett, 35, was convicted in 1996 of the October 14, 1995 murder and sexual battery of Rhonda Hatten Griffis in Petal.

Epps said Puckett still maintains his innocence.

“He said there was more to the story,” Epps said.

Currently visiting with Puckett are his mother, Mary Puckett, his father, Larry Ross, two brothers, Edgar Puckett III and Paul Michael Puckett, stepmother Janie Ross and uncle Keith Stennett.

Epps said Puckett is reportedly “somber,” according to MDOC officers stationed outside his cell.

For his last meal, Puckett has requested macadamia nut pancakes with butter and maple syrup, shrimp and grits, an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen, a bag of Werther’s Originals caramel candy and an A&W root beer.

He has requested none of his family nor his attorney witness his execution, scheduled for 6 p.m. by lethal injection.

The victim’s mother and father, Cecil and Nancy Hatten of Hattiesburg, are scheduled to witness the execution.

Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel, Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee and Sunflower County Sheriff James Haywood will witness the execution, along with the Hattiesburg American and three other media outlets.

Epps said more updates would be delivered to media soon.
Read more in tomorrow’s Hattiesburg American or later today at

30 min ago  12:30 pm source : Inmates rights miles apart

From Mary Stennett Puckett
I would like to ask that anyone that calls, emails or otherwise contacts Governor Bryant about Matt’s clemency to please be courteous and respectful. The Governor has a heart wrenching decision to make that will change the lives of many people and being unkind is not something that Matt or I would want his supporters to be. Thank you for all of your support and prayers. We are on the road now going to see Matt and we are praying for strength and mercy. Blessings to all of you…

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update march, 20, 3.20 am  source

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Gov Bryant of Mississippi. Ask him to commute Matthew Puckett’s sentence to Life With Out Parole. He is scheduled to be put to death at 6pm. His phone number is 601-359-3150 His fax is 601-359-3741

march, 19 , 10.05 pm source :

Mary Puckett, mother of convicted killer Matt Puckett, talks to the media at a protest against the death penalty. Puckett and others feel the judicial system failed on several levels and wrongly put her son on death row. Puckett is scheduled for execution today.

An anti-death penalty group says the testimony of a controversial forensic dentist helped put Larry Matthew Puckett where he is today: facing death by lethal injection in a matter of hours.

But the state attorney general’s office and others say Puckett will pay with his life for the life he took more than 15 years ago. Puckett, 35, is scheduled to be put to death today a little after 6 p.m. for the 1995 sexual assault and murder of Rhonda Hatten Griffis, 28, a mother of two from Forrest County.

In a rally Monday at the state Capitol , Mississippians Educating for Smart Justice, which opposes the death penalty, asked Gov. Phil Bryant to commute Puckett’s death sentence to life in prison without parole.

The group said it is also making a similar request for William Mitchell, who is scheduled to be put to death Thursday for the 1995 rape and murder of store clerk Patty Milliken, 35, who was killed in Harrison County.

The anti-death penalty group said it has collected more than 5,000 signatures on a petition asking Bryant to commute the sentences.

“The governor and his staff are currently reviewing the facts in these cases and have no further comment at this time,” Bryant’s spokesman, Mick Bullock, said Monday after the anti-death penalty rally.

About 50 people gathered in the first floor rotunda of the state Capitol for the rally.

“We are here to oppose as a whole the death penalty,” said Benjamin Russell of MESJ.

But Jackson resident Ann Pace, whose 22-year-old daughter, Charlotte Murray Pace, was killed by serial killer Derrick Todd Lee in 2002 in Louisiana, said the death penalty isn’t something that is morally wrong.

Pace said if she would have known the rally was taking place she would have been there with her signs in favor of the death penalty when it is judicially used.

“It’s not a good thing, it’s a tough thing you do to protect innocent people,” Pace said of carrying out executions.

Jim Craig, an attorney for death row inmates, said at the rally that Puckett and Mitchell didn’t get fair trials. Craig also criticized one of the state’s expert witness at Puckett’s trial, forensic dentist Michael West. Puckett’s attorneys have filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of blocking the execution.

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march 19, source :

Advocacy group calls for clemency in Puckett execution

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Update : march 19 ,2012 source :

Group Protests Executions
Jackson, Miss.
A group that opposes the death penalty protested two executions scheduled in Mississippi this week.

Thousands of people have signed an online petition seeking to block the execution of death row inmate, Larry Matthew Puckett.

He is scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Puckett was convicted of sexually assaulting and killing his former boss’ wife when he was 18 years old.

His lawyers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court last week to block the execution.

A group opposed to capital punishment spoke out Monday at the state capitol.

Mississippians Educating for Smart Justice want Gov. Phil Bryant to grant clemency to Puckett, as well as condemned killer, William Mitchell, who is also scheduled for execution this week.

“Neither of these men, William Mitchell or Matt Puckett, have had a fair trial,” said attorney Jim Craig. “Neither of them have had a real appeal. It’s time to quit hiding behind this fraud and accept the fact that our system is deeply flawed. And these two cases prove it.”

As of Monday, there were nearly 4500 electronic signatures on a petition called ‘Save Matt Puckett: stop an innocent man from being executed.’

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The application for stay of execution of sentence of death
presented to Justice Scalia and by him referred to the Court is
denied. The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.

Usa Supreme Court, march 14

No. 11A875  
Larry Matthew Puckett, Applicant
Linked with 11-9290
Lower Ct: Supreme Court of Mississippi
  Case Nos.: (2012-DR-00278)
~~~Date~~~ ~~~~~~~Proceedings  and  Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Mar 14 2012 Application (11A875) for a stay of execution of sentence of death, submitted to Justice Scalia.
Mar 16 2012 Response to application from respondent filed.

~~Name~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~Address~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~Phone~~~
Attorneys for Petitioner:    
Keir Michael Weyble Cornell Law School (607) 255-3805
  103 Myron Taylor Hall  
  Ithaca, NY  14853  
Party name: Larry Matthew Puckett
Attorneys for Respondent:    
Marvin L. White Jr. Assistant Attorney General (601) 359-3680
  450 High Street  
  P.O. Box 220  
  Jackson, MS  39205  
Party name: Mississippi

Arkansas – Inmates on Death Row

Death Row

No. Name Date of Birth Race/Sex Date of Sentence County
SK911 Coulter, Roger 12/1/1959 W/M 10/27/1989 Ashley
SK915 Ward, Bruce Earl 12/24/1956 W/M 10/18/1990 Pulaski
SK918 Sanders, Raymond 08/14/1960 B/M 02/28/1991 Grant
SK920 Davis, Don W. 11/23/1962 W/M 03/6/1992 Benton
SK922 Greene,Jack G 03/13/1955 W/M 10/15/1992 Johnson
SK924 Williams, Frank Jr. 07/27/1966 B/M 02/12/1993 Lafayette
SK925 Dansby, Ray 03/3/1960 B/M 06/11/1993 Union
SK926 Nooner, Terrick T. 03/17/1971 B/M 09/28/1993 Pulaski
SK927 Reams, Kenneth 12/21/1974 B/M 12/16/1993 Jefferson
SK929 Sasser, Andrew 10/21/1964 B/M 03/3/1994 Miller
SK933 Johnson, Stacey E. 11/26/1969 B/M 09/23/1994 Sevier
SK934 Kemp, Timothy W. 08/4/1960 W/M 12/2/1994 Pulaski
SK935 Wooten, Jimmy D. 06/10/1962 W/M 02/17/1995 Pope
SK936 Lee, Ledelle 07/31/1965 B/M 10/16/1995 Pulaski
SK939 Rankin, Roderick L. 11/18/1975 B/M 02/13/1996 Jefferson
SK940 Jones, Jack H. Jr. 08/10/1964 W/M 04/17/1996 White
SK941 Jackson, Alvin 06/30/1970 B/M 06/20/1996 Jefferson
SK943 Williams, Marcell W. 08/20/1970 B/M 01/14/1997 Pulaski
SK944 Dansby, Joe L. 09/28/1952 B/M 04/25/1997 Miller
SK945 Collins, Kingrale 11/15/1975 B/M 10/22/1997 Cross
SK946 McGehee, Jason F. 07/4/1976 W/M 01/8/1998 Boone
SK951 Engram, Andrew R. 10/16/1954 B/M 01/29/1999 Pulaski
SK952 Jones, Larry 01/13/1959 B/M 02/16/1999 Crittenden
SK954 Howard, Tim 05/6/1969 B/M 12/9/1999 Little River
SK956 Roberts, Karl D. 03/06/1968 W/M 05/24/2000 Polk
SK957 Williams, Kenneth 02/23/79 B/M 8/30/2000 Lincoln
SK960 Isom, Kenneth 06/03/67 B/M 03/28/2001 Drew
SK961 Anderson, Justin 03/21/81 B/M 01/31/2002 Lafayette
SK962 Newman, Rickey D. 08/04/57 W/M 06/10/2002 Crawford
SK964 Thessing, Billy 09/11/68 W/M 09/10/2004 Pulaski
SK965 Thomas, Mickey D. 09/25/1974 B/M 09/28/2005 Pike
SK966 Springs, Thomas 06/25/1962 B/M 11/24/2005 Sebastian
SK968 Sales, Derek 01/08/1961 B/M 05/17/2007 Ashley
SK969 Wertz, Steven 02/17/1950 W/M 07/19/2007 Sharp
SK971 Decay, Gregory 07/11/1985 B/M 04/24/2008 Washington
SK972 Marcyniuk, Zachariah 05/21/1979 W/M 12/12/2008 Washington
SK973 Lacy, Brandon E. 01/01/1979 W/M 05/13/2009 Benton
SK974 Taylor, Jason L. 05/29/1984 W/M 06/26/2009 Saline
SK975 Dimas-Martinez, Erickson 05/03/1985 H/M 04/01/2010 Benton

16 White Males
23 Black Males
1 Hispanic Male
40 Total

Last Updated:  03/20/2012 03:11:09

Ohio – Mark Wayne Wiles – Execution – April 18, 2012 10 a.m – EXECUTED

Summary of Offense:

On August 7, 1985, Wiles murdered 15-year-old Mark Klima at a farmhouse in Rootstown. Mark’s parents owned the farm where Wiles had worked until January 1983. When Mark caught Wiles stealing valuables from the house, Wiles stabbed Mark 24 times and left the butcher knife buried in his back. Wiles fled to Georgia, but later confessed to authorities in Savannah, Georgia and detectives from Portage County, Ohio.

april 17, 2012 source :

Mark Wayne Wiles, the condemned killer from Portage County, arrived this morning at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in preparation for his execution tomorrow. He was transported from the Chillicothe Correctional Institution where Death Row is now located.

april 6, 2012, source :

Ohio will resume executions by lethal injection later this month, after blocking them for the past four months because of legal complaints that prison officials were not following the proper procedures.U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost denied a request by Mark Wayne Wiles to halt his execution, saying he trusts the state to “avoid the embarrassments” of the past, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Wiles’ execution is scheduled for 10 a.m. on April 18 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. He was sentenced to death for the 1985 murder of Mark Klima, 15.
Frost blocked other executions in recent months because the state repeatedly “failed to follow through on its own execution protocol.” By clearing the way for Wiles’ execution, Frost likely opened up Ohio’s execution schedule, which has about one inmate a month scheduled for capital punishment through early 2014.
Even though he denied Wiles’ stay request, Frost still criticized the state’s failures when it comes to carrying out the death penalty.
“Ohio’s new procedures look good on paper,” he said. “The protocol is constitutional as written, and executions are lawful, but the problem has been Ohio’s repeated inability to do what it says it will do.”
Wiles, 49, had worked for Mark Klima’s parents until January 1983. He returned about two years later, and mark caught him stealing family valuables. Wiles stabbed the teenager 24 times with a butcher knife. He fled to Georgia, but eventually confessed to the murder.
Public defender Allen Bohnert, representing Wiles, said he is reviewing the ruling with the thought of a possible appeal.

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march, 23  source

clemency be denied

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March, 16,

Mark Wiles sat in front of a window at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution, wearing a T-shirt and looking directly into the camera.

For about two minutes, the man who stabbed a teenager to death on a Portage County horse farm tried to put into words the apology he said he’s been wanting to offer for more than 25 years.

“All these years, I’ve wanted to say to you that I’ve always been sorry for what I did to your son Mark (Klima),” Wiles said, directing the comments to the parents of the boy he killed in August 1985. “He was an innocent victim of my selfish needs. I truly am sorry for taking his life and causing you and so many others so much pain and loss.”

The image, part of a taped apology presented to the state parole board Thursday and earlier sent directly to the Klima family, stood in stark contrast to the picture of  Wiles painted by prosecutors: a “burglar of occupied homes” with a history of criminal behavior; “one of the most belligerent individuals” his high school principal had ever experienced; a man who tried to convince investigators that it was his 100-pound victim who threatened him with a knife.

“I can’t understand why they have to prolong (the case and the death penalty) so long when there’s a confession,” Charlie Klima, father of the murder victim, said in his own taped statement to the parole board. “He said he did it and he didn’t want to appeal it. I just don’t understand what the purpose of delaying it any longer or delaying it as long as it was. It just doesn’t make sense.”

He added, “I believe in the death penalty, and I think that he murdered our son and I think he should be executed….”

Wiles, 49, is scheduled for lethal injection next month, though it remains to be seen whether a federal judge will allow the state to resume executions, given the continuing legal battle over the constitutionality of Ohio’s death penalty protocols. A hearing on that issue is set for next week.

The parole board will offer its recommendation to Gov. John Kasich on March 23. The governor has final say on whether to grant clemency or allow the execution to take place as scheduled.

Members didn’t offer too many indications Thursday of the direction of their decision, though they did chastise Wiles’ attorneys for sending a copy of his taped apology directly to the murder victim’s family, calling the move insensitive.

The Klimas turned the tape over to prosecutors without watching it.

“I think after 26 years, an apology is kind of ridiculous,” Charlie Klima said in his taped statement to the board. “… I don’t have any interest in bringing back any more memories than has been (already) brought back in this situation.”

Wiles worked part time at Charlie and Carol Klima’s Shakespeare Acres in Rootstown from May 1982 until January 1983, when the family discovered about $200 missing from ransacked rooms of their home.

Wiles was the only other person on the property at the time; he left before being confronted.
Two years later, after serving time in prison for an unrelated burglary, Wiles returned to the farm, intent on stealing more money. He was caught in the act by Mark Klima, a straight-A student who had completed his freshman year of high school and who wanted to be a doctor.
Wiles subsequently stabbed the teen with a foot-long kitchen knife, stole $260 and fled the state. Five days later, he turned himself into police in Savannah, Ga., signed a confession and returned to Ohio.

Legal counsel for Wiles based their clemency request on Wiles’ admission of guilt, his remorse over the killing and his good behavior while in prison.

“Mark does not believe that he deserves mercy, but he wants to live,” said Vicki Werneke, a federal public defender. “… Mark is so consumed with remorse and regret. … Mark doesn’t offer any excuses for what he did.”

A neuropsychologist testified, via video, that a head injury stemming from a bar fight in the days before the murder could have affected Wiles’ behavior.

A psychologist said Wiles abused alcohol and drugs, displayed anti-social behavior and likely suffered a brain injury that affected his actions and thinking.
Former and current legal counsel described their interaction with Wiles during his trial and post-conviction proceedings, saying he was respectful but was so remorseful about the killing that he did little to avoid the death penalty.

And two sisters and a brother-in-law described Wiles’ emotionally stifling upbringing, the industrial explosion that killed their older brother and their mother’s untreated bipolar disorder.

“I need you to know that I am sorry,” Wiles said in his taped apology, adding later, “When I’m executed, honestly, I hope that in some way it eases some of the pain that I’ve caused.”
But Portage County Prosecutor Vic Vigluicci said Wiles didn’t take responsibility for the crime at the time, initially denying involvement and then attempting to blame the teen for pulling a knife.

The prosecutor showed images of the murdered boy and described, in detail, the fatal wounds Mark Klima received to his back, the defensive wounds he had on his forearms and the bruises and scrapes on this face and forehead.

Prosecutors also said that Wiles had said he wasn’t drunk or high on the day of the crime. And they said a scan of Wiles’ brain days before the murder showed no damage or abnormalities.

Mark Klima’s parents were unable to appear before the parole board in person. Carol Klima recently suffered a stroke and has congestive heart failure. Her husband was at her side.
“We are a small family,” Virginia Klima Petrie, the murdered teen’s aunt, told the parole board in their place. “We don’t make a lot of noise. We live within our means and pay our taxes. We abide by the law. We are working members of our community. And we are the victims of a heinous murder of the only heir to the Klima family name.”

She added, “Enough is enough. … I beg you, let the parents of this murdered child have a moment of closure now before one of them dies. The family asks — no, we demand — justice now. Mark Wiles’ execution needs to be carried out as scheduled. Nothing else is acceptable.”

march, 15

clemency hearing today

march, 9

Execution date nears for murderer of Rootstown teen 

Prison officials are moving ahead with plans to execute a Portage County man who murdered a Rootstown teen more than 25 years ago, despite delays on other executions this year after a judge raised questions about the state’s lethal injection protocol.

Mark Wiles will make his case for clemency before the state parole board next week in advance of his scheduled execution on April 18.

“We have not been made aware of any postponement for the Wiles execution,” said JoEllen Smith, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. “We are moving forward with our preparations.”

Whether Wiles makes the trip to the Death House at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility remains in question, however, as the state works to convince a federal judge that its execution procedures are constitutional.

Two executions were postponed after federal district Judge Gregory Frost ruled prison officials hadn’t followed their own written guidelines for executing an inmate late last year.

A hearing on the issues is scheduled for later this month, during which the state could present a revamped execution protocol. If it meets the judge’s approval, he could allow executions to take place as scheduled.

“The governor’s office at some point will approve a new protocol that DRC has been working on,” Attorney General Mike DeWine said. “Once they approve that protocol, we will present that to Judge Frost. … Judge Frost at that point will decide whatever he decides.”

There are executions scheduled in the state through January 2014, with Wiles next in line. He was sentenced to death for the 1985 murder of 15-year-old Mark Klima.

Wiles worked part time at the Klima horse farm in Rootstown several years before the murder but left after the family discovered $200 was missing.

After serving part of a prison sentence for an unrelated burglary, Wiles returned to burglarize the home, and Mark Klima caught him in the act.

Wiles stabbed the teen, a straight-A student who had completed his freshman year of high school, with a kitchen knife 24 times, stole $260 and fled the state.

Five days later, Wiles turned himself into police in Savannah, Ga., and signed a confession.

His clemency hearing is set for 9 a.m. Thursday, March 15.

Wiles was denied a COA in the 6th Circuit’s 4/14/09 orders/opinions.Opinion is here:…9a0147p-06.pdf
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has set execution dates for a Cleveland man who killed his wife and brother-in-law and a northeast Ohio man who repeatedly stabbed a teen who interrupted a burglary.The dates announced Tuesday are some of the farthest in the future set in recent years by the court, which schedules when death row inmates die.The court set an April 18, 2012 execution date for 48-year-old Mark Wiles, who killed 15-year-old Mark Klima (KLEE’-muh) at a farmhouse in Portage County in 1985.The court also set a June 6, 2012 execution date for 52-year-old Abdul Awkal (ab-DUHL’ AW’-kuhl) of Cleveland, who killed estranged wife Latife Awkal (la-TEEFF’-eh AW’-kuhl) and brother-in-law Mahmoud Abdul-Aziz (MAKH’-mood ab-DUHL’-ah-ZEEZ’) in 1992, in a room in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Domestic Relations Court.Read more:…#ixzz1PGW3mH7J
Execution is set for murderer of Rootstown teen The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday set an April 18, 2012 date for the execution of a death row inmate convicted in the August 1985 stabbing death of a 15-year-old Rootstown boy.Mark W. Wiles, 48, who has spent 25 years on Ohio’s death row, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection for the Aug. 7, 1985, murder of Mark Klima, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website.Wiles had worked as a farmhand at the Klima family horse farm, Shakespeare Acres, three years prior to the murder. He was suspected of stealing money from the family during that time.After being convicted of an unrelated burglary and spending 18 months in prison, Wiles, then 22, broke into the Klima house looking for money. Mark Klima surprised him and was stabbed 13 times with a kitchen knife, which Wiles left sticking out of the boy’s back.Wiles fled the state with $260 stolen from the Klima residence, and later turned himself in to authorities in Savannah, Ga. He was tried in January 1986 by a panel of judges — Joseph Kainrad, Robert Kent and George Martin — and convicted of murder.Former Portage County Prosecutor John Plough prosecuted the case.The U.S. Supreme Court previously declined to hear Wiles’ appeal. He remains in the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown awaiting execution.A clemency hearing date has not been set, according to the ODRC.