COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has granted clemency to a condemned killer who was scheduled to die next month for killing a Cleveland produce vendor.
Kasich’s decision follows Tuesday’s recommendation by the Ohio Parole Board in favor of mercy for Arthur Tyler, whose attorneys argue he is innocent in the 1983 shooting of Sander Leach.
Kasich reduced Tyler’s sentence to life without the possibility of parole, rejecting requests that Tyler be made eligible for parole for possible release.
Tyler’s lawyers say his co-defendant, Leroy Head, took responsibility for the shooting several times. Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County prosecutors dispute Tyler’s innocence but also pushed for clemency, saying the case doesn’t meet current standards for capital punishment.
The 54-year-old Tyler was scheduled to die May 28.