Friday, March 6, 2009
The eight-member Ohio Parole Board has unanimously refused the clemency application of Brett Hartmann, who is scheduled to be executed on April 7. Hartmann's attorneys complain that the State should be "a whole lot more sure" about his client's guilt before anything like an execution takes place. They also want more time for DNA testing of hairs, a condom and a mop that may have been used to clean up evidence. The murder victim was stabbed more than 100 times and her hands were completely removed. Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh praised the Board for its decision and noted Hartmann is not accepting responsibility for his actions or expressing remorse. See story here.