Condemned Cuyahoga County double-killer asks for mercy

7:58 PM, May 10, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS -- A condemned Ohio inmate who killed his estranged wife and brother-in-law in a Cuyahoga County Domestic relations courtroom in 1992 is asking the state parole board for mercy.

Abdul Awkal is scheduled to die June 6, one of 11 executions scheduled over the next two years.

Awkal was sentenced to death for killing his estranged wife, Latife Awkal and brother-in-law Mahmoud Abdul-Aziz in a Cuyahoga County courtroom where the Awkals were taking up divorce and custody issues.

The Ohio Parole Board, which heard arguments for and against clemency Thursday, will make a recommendation on May 18 to Gov. John Kasich, who has the final say.

Ohio resumed executions last month after a six-month delay due to court arguments over lethal injection procedures.

The Associated Press

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