(CHILLICOTHE, Ohio) — A condemned killer who was facing execution on Wednesday was found hanged in his cell on Ohio’s death row Sunday morning.
Billy Slagle, 44, had been sentenced to die by lethal injection for the 1987 fatal stabbing of a neighbor during a Cleveland burglary. Two young children witnessed the murder.
Slagle’s body was found in his solitary confinement cell at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution just after 5 a.m. Sunday and he was pronounced dead about an hour later, according to Jo Ellen Smith, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.
Slagle was scheduled to be placed on a suicide watch Sunday morning. All death row inmates are placed on a suicide watch 72 hours before their scheduled execution.
Slagle had been on death row since 1988. In June, Ohio’s parole board voted 6-4 against his petition for clemency. Cuyahoga County prosecutors and Slagle’s family had asked to commute his sentence to life in prison without parole — a sentence the prosecutor’s office said had not been available at the time. Gov. John Kasich denied a request for a reprieve on July 24.
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