Suspect in shooting at Kent State in custody
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Thursday, 03 April 2014 06:04

KENT, Ohio (AP) — A person suspected of firing a gunshot on the campus of Kent State University on Wednesday was captured later that night and was in custody at a hospital, campus officials said.

Campus police said the male suspect was in custody at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. They did not say why he was at the hospital and gave no other details.

The university posted a notice on its Twitter page Wednesday night saying the suspect had been apprehended and there was no longer a threat to anyone on campus.

A Kent State spokeswoman said the male suspect fired the shot into the ground around 9 p.m. near Bowman Hall, an academic building. No injuries were reported.

Ohio dad who fired into air, killing girl, gets six years
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 16:05

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati pleaded guilty to the accidental shooting death of his 11-year-old daughter during a drunken fight with the girl's mother and was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison.

Prosecutors say Deandre Kelley, 34, was drunk on Jan. 12 when he fought with his longtime girlfriend outside their home and fired two gunshots into the air. One bullet fatally hit their daughter, Shanti Lanza, who had been hiding in an upstairs bedroom as the fight unfolded during a slumber party with her friends.

In an emotional hearing in Hamilton County court that saw the girl's mother and aunt arrested for contempt of court, Kelley pleaded guilty to one count of reckless homicide. In exchange, prosecutors dropped charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, and a weapons charge.

Kelley's attorney, Hugh McCloskey Jr., said that after talking the case over with Judge Nadine Allen, his client realized that a six-year sentence was the best deal he was going to get. Kelley had faced up to 20 years in prison.

Report criticizes Ohio death penalty selectiveness
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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:52

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report by an anti-death penalty group criticizes the selectiveness of Ohio's capital punishment law, saying death sentences owe as much to an individual prosecutor's philosophy as the nature of the crime.

The analysis by Ohioans to Stop Executions says Cuyahoga County, with the most capital indictments in the state, once charged numerous individuals with death penalty counts each year but now charges very few.

The report released Wednesday notes a similar trend in Franklin County, while pointing out that Hamilton County indicts few individuals but has a high death-sentence rate because it won't accept plea bargains in capital cases.

The report also highlights the role of race, noting that two of every three Ohio death sentences since 1981 involved the killing of a white victim.

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Ohio inmate freed in 1988 murder sues prosecutors
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 16:04

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man freed after spending 20 years in prison for a murder that his attorneys say he didn't commit has sued those responsible for his conviction, accusing them of taking advantage of his mental illness and railroading him into confessing.

The civil rights lawsuit, filed in federal court in Cleveland on Monday, says that Richland County Prosecutor James Mayer and his employees violated Tinney's constitutional rights by exploiting his well-documented and severe mental illness, and used coercion and bribery to secure his confession.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, also accused the county of implementing a de facto policy of pursuing wrongful convictions "through profoundly flawed investigations and coerced evidence."

"This case is extremely troubling because the people who were supposed to protect Mr. Tinney exploited his vulnerability and caused him to confess to a crime that they knew he couldn't have committed," one of Tinney's attorneys, Samantha Liskow, said Wednesday.

Ohio House weighs bill allowing firearms silencers
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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:52

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hunters could use silencers on their guns while hunting certain game under a proposal before the Ohio House.

Representatives are scheduled to vote on the measure Wednesday afternoon. The Senate must still consider the bill.

A House committee passed the bill last month with bipartisan support after lawmakers examined the devices and listened to silenced and unsilenced weapons.

The bill would allow licensed Ohio hunters to use the silencers while hunting certain birds and other wild game, including squirrels, rabbits and deer. Only those authorized under state and federal laws could use the suppressor, which must be properly registered.

Backers of suppressors say they protect hunters' hearing, make field commands easier to hear and reduce disruptions to neighbors. Opponents say quieter weapons are less safe and easier to use illegally.

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