COLUMBUS – A Cincinnati killer to be executed on October 17 was spared capital punishment following an appeal by the lawyer to Governor John Kasich.
Kasich went against the recommendation of the Ohio Parole Board on Friday and commuted to the death sentence of Raymond Tibbetts for life imprisonment without probation
Kasich delayed Tibbetts execution in February and referred to a letter from the governor of a Cincinnati – received jurors who described Tibbetts process as flawed and asked to spare Tibbetts.
Juror Ross Geiger said that he had not voted in favor of the death penalty if he had known the terrible conditions of Tibbett's childhood. Under Ohio law, Geiger's only voice for life imprisonment would have prevented the death penalty.
After receiving Geiger's letter, Kasich asked the Ohio Parole Board to review the case of Tibbetts. The board held a hearing on June 1
An Opinion from Kasich's Office Friday Explained the Governor's Decision: "Tibbetts & # 39; transformation is granted on the basis of fundamental errors in the sentencing phase of his trial, in particular the failure of the defense to provide sufficient extenuating evidence, paired with one Inaccurately describing Tibbetts childhood through the prosecution, it essentially prevents the jury from making an informed decision about whether Tibbetts deserves the death penalty. "
Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters publishes this statement through a spokesperson:
" John is the governor and he has every right he has to do.We do not have to agree with him, but he is the governor and it is over. "
A lawyer for Tibbetts, Erin Barnhart, said in part:
" Governor Kasich has done a great service to our state today by rectifying this. That is wrong and makes sure that s the controls in our criminal justice system work.
In his letter of January 30, Geiger said to Kasich that he and other jurors had been misled by lawyers about the "really terrible conditions" of Tibbetts (19659002) "After reviewing the material, from the perspective of an original jury, I have deep concern about the process and the way it happened, "Geiger wrote to the governor," so I kindly ask you to do so.
At the hearing, Geiger stated that jurors were not told of Tibbetts claims that he and his brothers were tied to a single bed in the foster home, had not been properly nourished, had fallen stairs, had their fingers along He said he had learned nothing about it until he investigated the case on the Internet and found him at Tibbetts petition last year.
Philip Cummings, Deputy Prosecutor at Hamilton County, reminded the Board that The prosecutors also argued that the background of Tibbetts would not outweigh his crimes.
READ Testimony from both sides in the trial
Tibbetts was fined for the murders of his wife Judith Crawford and the couple's landlord, Fred Hicks, in Cincinnati.
Walte said that Tibbetts, then 40, Hicks, 67, had stabbed himself to death in Hicks House and beaten and stabbed Crawford during a day-to-day dispute about Tibbet's crack-cocaine habit.
Hicks had hired Crawford as a janitor and allowed the couple to stay with him.
Tibbetts was sentenced to death for the murder of Hicks. He was given life imprisonment for killing his wife.
Another Cincinnati killer, Robert Van Hook, was executed two days ago because he stabbed and killed David Self, whom he met in a bar in 1985, to attract gays from bars to rob them.