Saturday, September 28, 2002

Sister defends executed man

By The Associated Press

        CHILLICOTHE — A man executed for raping and killing an 11-year-old girl was buried in a 10-minute service in a downpour Friday at a prison cemetery.

        Robert Buell, 62, was the first of the five men executed since Ohio resumed using the death penalty in 1999 whose relatives did not claim his body.

        He was executed by injection Wednesday for killing Krista Harrison, who was abducted in 1982 from a park across the street from her home in Marshallville in northeast Ohio.

        His sister, Carole Bye of Cincinnati, attended the service with her son. She said later that the family could not afford a funeral. She thinks Mr. Buell was innocent.

        “He didn't do it. He didn't do it. He didn't do it,” Ms. Bye said.

        A work detail of inmates carried Mr. Buell's casket to the grave site, which starts a new row in Boot Hill, the state prisons cemetery operated by Ross Correctional Institution

        The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections said it would spend about $500 on the burial, including a $200 prison-made blue casket and a $50 suit.


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