(Columbus) - The Ohio Parole Board will conduct a clemency hearing for death row inmate Billy Slagle this morning at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction in Columbus, Ohio.
Slagle was sentenced to death out of Cuyahoga County for the 1987 death of Mari Anne Pope.
Slagle was 18 when he broke into Pope's west side house looking for money to buy alcohol. He ended up stabbing her 17 times with a pair of sewing scissors he found in the house.
Two child witnesses heard the 40-year-old Pope praying before the attack. Police also found a broken rosary near her body.
Back in 2011, the Ohio Parole Board reommended that Slagle's life not be spared.
Slagle's 2011 execution was postponed while a lawsuit over the state's death penalty procedure was pending in federal court.
"This twisted psychopath should have been executed 15 years ago," Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim Mason said at the time. "With all due respect to the governor, the biggest criticism of capital punishment in Ohio is the unnecessary delays."
Slagle's attorneys say mercy is justified for Slagle because he was a chronic alcoholic with a chaotic upbringing who was only 18 at the time of the slaying, the minimum age to receive the death penalty in Ohio.
Slagle is now scheduled for execution on August 7.
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