|Top court hears Neyland's death sentence appeal today|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 20 August 2013 10:15|
Death row inmate Calvin Neyland Jr. is appealing his case to the Ohio Supreme Court.
Neyland's case is to be heard today.
He was convicted in 2007 of murdering two people in Perrysburg Township at Liberty Transportation. He was found guilty of two counts of aggravated murder and received the death penalty.
According to the court, Neyland "has advanced 19 claims of legal and procedural error during his trial as grounds for the court to reverse his convictions and/or reduce his death sentence to a term of life imprisonment."
Among his claims, Neyland's attorneys argue that the court should not have found him competent to stand trial when four mental health professionals diagnosed him with mental conditions.
They also argue that his rights to fair trial and due process were violated by his being made to wear a leg brace during the trial. Doing so "had a harmful influence on Neyland's trial and affected his ability to participate in his defense."
The Wood County Prosecutor's Office counters that only one of the four mental health professionals at the trial said Neyland was incompetent, and that he understood the proceedings against him.
Further they say that the leg brace does not violate rulings made by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Neyland's appeal was previously denied last month by the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals.
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