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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Ohio Governor Grants Stay of Execution

This article appeared in the Washington Times on October 20, 2006:

Ohio governor grants stay of execution

Ohio Gov. Bob Taft granted a stay of execution Friday to a convicted killer to allow more time for DNA testing of evidence in the case.

John Spirko Jr. maintains that he is innocent of kidnapping and killing Betty Jane Mottinger 24 years ago. She was in charge of the post office in Elgin, a small town in the northwestern part of Ohio.

Spirko had been sentenced to die Nov. 29 but Taft's reprieve puts it off to April 17, the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reported. That puts Spirko's fate in the hands of Taft's successor. "It is my hope that the additional time permits the completion of the DNA testing and analysis agreed upon by the attorney general and Mr. Spirko's counsel," Taft said in a statement.

The DNA testing has been underway for a year.


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