COLUMBUS, Ohio – A divided Ohio Parole Board has rejected mercy for the condemned killer of a Youngstown store owner scheduled to die next month.
John Eley would be the second person put to death in Ohio following the end of an unofficial six-month moratorium on executions.
Eley has the support of both the former prosecutor who charged him with a capital crime and one of the judges who sentenced him to death.
The parole board voted 5-3 Wednesday against recommending clemency for Eley, 63, who received the death sentence for the 1986 shooting of Ihsan Aydah.
Gov. John Kasich has the final say.
Eley’s supporters say his co-conspirator masterminded the robbery and was considered the true culprit.