Ohio Supreme Court weighs woman's death sentence

7:23 AM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Supreme Court is once again weighing whether to uphold the sentence of the only woman on death row in the state.

Attorneys for Donna Roberts plan to tell justices Tuesday that evidence showing their client was mentally ill and suffered brain trauma should have been considered by the judge who resentenced her to death in 2007.

Prosecutors say Roberts made a decision not to enter the evidence in order to receive a death sentence, which she preferred to life in the regular prison population.

The discovery of a prosecutor's involvement in writing Roberts' death penalty sentencing order led the high court to overturn her initial death sentence in 2006.

Roberts was convicted of the 2001 murder of her former husband, Robert Fingerhut, in Howland in northeast Ohio.

Associated Press

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