Thursday, January 16, 2003

Killer's run out of appeals, lawyer says

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - No more appeals are planned to stop next month's execution of a man convicted of kidnapping and strangling a college student 14 years ago, a defense attorney said Wednesday.

"The sad truth is that there are no other viable legal options," said Greg Meyers of the Ohio Public Defender's office. The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to delay the Feb. 12 execution of Richard E. Fox. The court, in a 5-2 vote, also denied his request for a new sentencing hearing, rejecting his claim that his sentence would be different if guidelines enacted in 1996 were followed.

"He will die unless Gov. Taft grants clemency," Mr. Meyers said.

Mr. Fox, 46, was convicted in the kidnapping and murder of Leslie Keckler, 18, of Bowling Green, after she showed up at a hotel for what she thought was a job interview.

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