Court denies appeal in Perrysburg Twp. murders PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 13 July 2013 07:56
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The Sixth District Court of Appeals has denied the appeal of convicted murderer Calvin Neyland Jr.
Neyland, 49, was convicted for the murder of two people in Perrysburg Township at Liberty Transportation in 2007, and received the death penalty.
The three-judge panel of Judges Mark L. Pietrykowski, Stephen A. Yarbrough and James D. Jensen heard Neyland's appeal in May.
His case was being appealed on the grounds of ineffective counsel for the failure to uncover mental illness in his family, as well as the defendant's mental illness which was displayed by his "disorganized thoughts" and actions including his handwriting and phone calls while Neyland was housed at the Wood County jail.
The court affirmed the lower court's decisions.
The appellate court reviewed all the records including two competency evaluations held prior to his trial. At that time Neyland was found to have a personality disorder, but he was not considered mentally ill or incompetent to stand trial.
The appellate judges ruled that the defendant's contention that his defense attorney was ineffective was "without merit."
Neyland, formerly of Findlay, was convicted of both murders by a jury in October of 2008 and received the death penalty.
In one of the new rulings, the judges noted "Ohio's prohibition against executing an incompetent inmate it is unconstitutional to execute one who does not have the mental capacity to understand the nature of the death penalty."
However, they also note such a ruling "cannot be determined until execution is imminent."
The court found "each of Neyland's causes to be "not well-taken."
They also ruled that his being in restraints at his trial was not prejudicial against him and that he received an impartial trial.
The judges also ruled that he was not entitled to a competency hearing following his conviction.
On every point, the appeal was denied and found without merit.
 

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