Cleveland prosecutor wants killer executed

6:53 AM, Feb 22, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A prosecutor has requested an execution date for a condemned Ohio man who came close to dying by injection a decade ago before courts intervened.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason says death row inmate Gregory Lott has now exhausted all his state and federal appeals and on Tuesday asked the Ohio Supreme Court to set a date for Lott to die.

The 50-year-old Lott was convicted in the 1986 murder of John McGrath of East Cleveland.

Lott was scheduled for execution in 2002 and 2004, but the procedure was delayed.

The first time, his lawyers claimed he was mentally retarded, a claim that was later dismissed.

The next time, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the execution so lower courts could review Lott's claim that evidence was withheld.

The Associated Press

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