Thursday, August 02, 2001

Death sentence upheld

The Associated Press

        A federal appeals court Wednesday rejected an Ohio death row prisoner's challenge to his conviction and sentence for the 1988 stabbing murder of a 78-year-old Cincinnati man.

        The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by Jerome Campbell's attorneys that he was denied effective legal representation at trial.

        A Hamilton County jury convicted Mr. Campbell in 1989 of aggravated murder and aggravated burglary in the death of Henry Turner.

        Mr. Campbell also had argued that the jury should have been told it could have convicted him of voluntary manslaughter, a lesser offense.

        Mr. Campbell challenged police testimony and said the jury should have been told he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after surviving a fire as a child.

        Mr. Campbell, 40, remains on death row at Mansfield Correctional Institution.

        The appeals judges upheld a lower court's ruling denying Mr. Campbell's attempt to win a new trial.


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