Ohio awaiting decision on death penalty case

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Posted: Jan 17, 2012 9:23 AM
Ohio awaiting decision on death penalty case

Ohio won't go forward with an execution that had been scheduled for this week as it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that the state's protocol for lethal injections is constitutional.

Forty-five-year-old Charles Lorraine had been scheduled to die Wednesday, but a U.S. district judge halted the procedure last week, saying the state had failed to follow its own rules for executions. A federal appeals court agreed that the execution should be delayed while those changes and reasons for them are reviewed.

Attorney General Mike DeWine and Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) announced Sunday that the state was appealing to the U.S Supreme Court.

Lorraine faces death for killing a 77-year-old man and his 80-year-old bedridden wife. They were stabbed repeatedly before their Trumbull County home was burglarized in 1986.