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Traditional legal foes back clemency for condemned Ohio killer, differ over reasons for mercy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Prosecutors have told the Ohio Parole Board that a condemned inmate scheduled to die next week should be spared.

Assistant Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Prosecutor Allan Regas (REE'-gus) says the case of death row inmate Arthur Tyler wouldn't be pursued as a capital punishment case today given the evidence.

Regas also told the board that prosecutors continue to believe Tyler is the person who killed a Cleveland produce vendor in 1983.

Defense attorneys say that Tyler is innocent based on statements by a co-defendant and that he should receive mercy and be released.

Prosecutors say Tyler should be spared but spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole.

The 54-year-old Tyler is scheduled to die May 28 for the killing of Sander Leach.

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PHOTO: FILE- This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Arthur Tyler. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty planned Monday, April 21, 2014, to submit his position on whether condemned killer Tyler, who is facing execution next month for a Cleveland produce vendor’s 1983 slaying, should receive mercy. Attorneys for defendant Tyler say he should receive clemency partly because a second defendant repeatedly admitted being the shooter. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, File)

FILE- This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Arthur Tyler. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty planned Monday, April 21, 2014, to submit his position on whether condemned killer Tyler, who is facing execution next month for a Cleveland produce vendor’s 1983 slaying, should receive mercy. Attorneys for defendant Tyler say he should receive clemency partly because a second defendant repeatedly admitted being the shooter. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, File)

 

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