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State Supreme Court sets 2017 execution date for condemned Ohio killer who fatally shot man

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court has set a 2017 execution date for a death row inmate sentenced to die more than twenty-five years ago.

PHOTO: FILE - An Aug. 27, 2007 file photo shows Ohio State Penitentiary inmate Melvin Bonnell. The Ohio Supreme Court has set a 2017 execution date for Bonnell, who was sentenced to die nearly three decades ago for the killing 23-year-old Robert Bunner in his Cleveland apartment on Nov. 28, 1986. (Shari Lewis/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)
FILE - An Aug. 27, 2007 file photo shows Ohio State Penitentiary inmate Melvin Bonnell. The Ohio Supreme Court has set a 2017 execution date for Bonnell, who was sentenced to die nearly three decades ago for the killing 23-year-old Robert Bunner in his Cleveland apartment on Nov. 28, 1986. (Shari Lewis/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)

Records show that Melvin Bonnell shot 23-year-old Robert Bunner in his Cleveland apartment on Nov. 28, 1986, in front of Bunner's two roommates. Bonnell was sentenced to die in 1988.

The court ruled 6-1 Tuesday to set Bonnell's execution date for Oct. 18, 2017. Records show the results of DNA testing in 2009 indicated the victim was the source of blood on Bonnell's jacket.

The 57-year-old Bonnell is one of 17 inmates with execution dates beginning next year, including six in 2017. No executions were scheduled this year to give the Ohio prisons department time to find new supplies of lethal injection drugs.

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