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Ohio Supreme Court upholds death sentence of killer condemned to die 3 times


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man who fatally shot his girlfriend three decades ago while on parole for killing his wife.

The court's decision in the case of Von Clark Davis of Butler County involved the third time Davis had been sentenced to death for the 1983 shooting of Suzette Butler.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-1 Tuesday to uphold Davis' death sentence after a lower court also backed the sentence.

The 67-year-old Davis was first convicted of aggravated murder and sentenced to die in 1984 for fatally shooting Butler.

Appeals courts overturned that sentence and one handed down in 1989 because of lower-court errors.

Defense attorney Larry Komp said he was disappointed and is weighing possible state or federal appeals.

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