Luckie, prosecutor confirm investigation; 2 Democrats say he won't seek re-election

Published: Thursday, August 09, 2012 @ 7:27 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 09, 2012 @ 7:27 PM


            In this file photo: Clayton Luckie, D, 39th District, left, with his wife Lisa looking on, right, is sworn in by Speaker of the House Jon A. Husted Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio.
            AP Photo/Terry Gilliam
In this file photo: Clayton Luckie, D, 39th District, left, with his wife Lisa looking on, right, is sworn in by Speaker of the House Jon A. Husted Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio.(AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)

State Rep. Clayton Luckie and Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien both issued statements Thursday confirming that the Dayton Democrat is under investigation but not for bribery. But the statements didn’t answer questions about what charges, if any, Luckie may face.

Earlier this year, O’Brien brought a criminal case against Columbus-area state lawmaker W. Carlton Weddington that led to Weddington resigning, cooperating with authorities and pleading guilty to bribery and other charges.

Luckie said in a written statement: “I assure my constituents that I have not been involved in any of that conduct, nor am I the target of said investigation. We have, however, discovered errors on some reports that are currently being addressed. I take these matters very seriously and have instructed my team to conduct a full review of the reports in question. Out of respect for the process, I will not be addressing any questions until my team has completed their analysis.”

It is unclear whether Luckie is referring to ethics statements, campaign finance reports or something else. He did not return messages seeking clarification.

Meanwhile, two Democratic sources said Luckie may agree to withdraw from the November ballot as early as today, giving the Montgomery County Democratic Party just enough time to run a substitute candidate. Former Dayton mayor Rhine McLin and former state senator Fred Strahorn are being considered as possible replacements, sources said. Monday is the deadline for political parties to replace candidates who withdraw from a race.

Montgomery County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Owens said Luckie did not return his messages on Thursday and top party officials researched state law governing replacing candidates on the ballot. “There are some people that have expressed interest (in replacing Luckie in the race) if that were to happen but I’m not prepared to identify those people,” Owens said.

Initially appointed to the Ohio House, Luckie is seeking his fourth two-year term and is running against Republican Jeff Wellbaum this November.

Wellbaum’s campaign manager Paul Harris said, “We are certainly shocked and surprised by the allegations levied toward Rep. Luckie. Our response is to stick to a positive campaign about what Mr. Wellbaum will do for the citizens of the 39th District. Lower taxes, better veterans’ benefits, protecting the unborn and working with Gov. Kasich to bring people and jobs back to Ohio.”

The 39th District includes most of the city of Dayton.

Before going to the Ohio House, Luckie served on the Dayton School Board from 1996 to 2006. He lives in the Wright-Dunbar Historic District and works part-time for JEC Paper & Related Products where he made less than $10,000 last year, according to his financial disclosure statement filed with the state. His state representative job pays $68,000 a year.

In June 2010, Luckie and his wife Lisa Beth Willis filed for divorce just three months after the birth of their daughter. In the May 2011 divorce agreement, Luckie got a 2005 Cadillac Escalade, half of his wife’s 401(k) account and a house in Wright-Dunbar and one in Springboro. The couple agreed to joint parenting and they split up their $56,000 in consumer credit card debt: $36,000 for him, $20,000 for her.

In January 2012, Luckie got into a verbal altercation with his neighbor, Joseph W. Shaw, who is dating his ex-wife, according to a Dayton police report. Lisa Beth Willis said, “I have no comment on that.”

O’Neill’s boast of sexual liaisons brings calls for his resignation

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 3:40 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

Justice posts on Facebook about sexual history

A Facebook post touting his sexual exploits with “50 very attractive females” Friday had colleagues expressing shock and political opponents calling for Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill to resign.  

“I condemn in no uncertain terms Justice O’Neill’s Facebook post. No words can convey my shock,” said Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor in a statement released on Friday. “This gross disrespect for women shakes the public’s confidence in the integrity of the judiciary.”  

O’Neill, a Democratic candidate for governor, admitted he wrote the post on his Facebook site. 

“I did post it and I stand by it,” O’Neill told WHIO Reporter Jim Otte by phone.

The original Facebook post by Bill O'Neill before he edited it.

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“Now that the dogs of war are calling for the head of Senator Al Franken I believe it is time to speak up on behalf of all heterosexual males,” O’Neill wrote in the post. “In the last fifty years I was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females. It ranged from a gorgeous personal secretary to Senator Bob Taft (Senior) who was my first true love and we made passionate love in the hayloft of her parents barn in Gallipolis and it ended with a drop dead gorgeous redhead who was a senior advisor to Peter Lewis at Progressive Insurance in Cleveland.”  

O’Neill later removed the names of Taft and Lewis from the post.  

Mark Caleb Smith, director of the Center for Political Studies at Cedarville University, answers a question about Justice O'Neill's Facebook post.

O’Neill’s sole campaign staffer, Communications Director Chris Clevenger, resigned Friday from the Bill for Governor campaign as soon as he learned O’Neill had posted the comment.  

“Moments ago I was able to contact Justice O’Neill to announce my resignation from the campaign. I have been out of pocket all day, and had no prior knowledge of his statement,” Clevenger wrote in an afternoon tweet. “Sexual harassment and assault is no laughing matter. The next Governor of Ohio must take it seriously to receive my vote.”  

Clevenger, who called the comments “disturbing and misguided,” said in a phone interview that he was a victim of sexual assault as an undergraduate in college and “taken aback” by O’Neill’s comments.  

All four of O’Neill’s opponents in the 2018 Democratic primary for governor called for his resignation from the court.  

“Sexual harassment, degrading and devaluing women is not a joke. Justice O’Neill should resign,” Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said in a tweet.

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Her comments were echoed by former state representative Connie Pillich of Cincinnati, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton of Akron.  

“This is a ridiculous comment by someone who is supposed to be a professional representing Ohioans on our highest court,” Schiavoni said. “It is definitely not reflective of the way I feel as a heterosexual man. Bill O’Neill is not speaking ‘on behalf of all heterosexual males.”

“We need to continue to create channels for reporting and protect women in the workplace from harassment — rather than bragging about having sex with them. Before today I thought that would go without saying.”

State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, said O’Neill “is off the hinges.”  

“Now he’s defending sexual harasser Al Franken, which is conduct unbecoming of any supreme court justice. It’s a sad day in our democracy when a supreme court justice who is supposed to give justice to victims of sexual harassment, instead defends sexual harassers like Al Franken.”  

Franken, D-Minnesota, on Thursday called for an ethics investigation of himself after a Los Angeles news anchor came forward with allegations that he kissed her forcibly and groped her as she slept during a USO tour in 2006. A photo also surfaced showing a smiling Franken with his hands hovering over the anchor’s chest as she slept on the plane during the return trip from Afghanistan.  

In his post, O’Neill post ended with: “Now can we get back to discussing legalizing marijuana and opening the state hospital network to combat the opioid crisis. I am sooooo (sic) disappointed by this national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago. Peace.”

RELATED: Local lawmaker says state supreme court justice violating conduct code

Spokeswomen for the Democratic and Republican parties also weighed in on O’Neill’s comments. 

 “Heterosexual males need a new spokesperson,” wrote Ellie Hockenbury, regional communications director of the Republican National Committee in an email. 

“Newsflash: no one asked how many notches you have on your belt. The so-called ‘national feeding frenzy’ is about empowering victims of sexual assault or harassment who’ve been afraid to speak up; it’s not an opportunity to brag about your sexual conquests through the years,” Hockenbury wrote in a statement.  

Kristin Alvanitakis, communications director for the Ohio Democratic Party, said O’Neill’s comments “dehumanize women (and) add nothing to this important conversation, which is actually about harassment and abuse, not encounters between consenting adults.”  

O’Neill’s entry into the Democratic primary for governor in 2018 was already controversial because he chose to remain on the state’s high court but recused himself from future cases.  

The Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct requires judges to step down if they run for partisan office. O’Neill, who announced on Oct. 29 that he is running, has a campaign set up but says he won’t step down from the court because he does not believe he is officially a candidate until he files his petitions for candidacy by Feb. 7.  

Those petitions, which require the signatures of 1,000 valid registered Ohio voters, are an official declaration of candidacy.

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Antani earlier in the month filed a resolution to begin the process of hauling O’Neill before the General Assembly in an effort to remove him from the court.  

Many believe that Richard Cordray will enter the Democratic race for governor and O’Neill previously has said that would lead him to drop out. Cordray, announced this week that he is stepping down early as the director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  

Candidates for governor on the Republican side include Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.  

O’Neill is the lone Democrat on the state’s high court and if he leaves office before his term ends in 2019 his replacement would be named by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican.

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice recuses himself after controversy

Published: Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 9:34 AM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 4:37 PM

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William M. O’Neill
Ohio Supreme Court Justice William M. O’Neill

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William M. O’Neill on Friday recused himself from “future matters” on the court in the wake of criticism following his announcement Sunday that he is running as a Democrat for governor but not stepping down from the court.

His decision did not calm the controversy.

RELATED: Ohio Supreme Court Justice comes to defense of ‘all heterosexual males
Ohio Auditor Dave Yost, a Republican, again called for O’Neill to step down, saying that he is clearly a partisan candidate and the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct requires a resignation.

“The only remedy in the rule is resignation,” said Yost, who is running for Ohio Attorney General. “He’s made a tacit admission that he is a candidate by saying that he is going to recuse himself on everything (new).”

“The translation: ‘I’m going to stop doing most of my work but I’m still going to keep my pay.’ That’s not fair to the taxpayer,” Yost said.

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Rule 4.5 of the code governing judges states that, “Upon becoming a candidate in a primary or general election for a nonjudicial elective office, a judge shall resign from judicial office.”

The comments section of the code also elaborates on the issues raised when a judge makes partisan remarks or promises during a campaign.

Such remarks are “inconsistent with the role of a judge, who must remain fair and impartial to all who come before him or her,” according to Rule 4.5 comments. “The potential for misuse of the judicial office, and the political promises that the judge would be compelled to make in the course of campaigning for nonjudicial elective office, together dictate that a judge who wishes to run for such an office must resign upon becoming a candidate.”

In a statement released by his campaign spokesman, O’Neill said, “I agree with that rule. And I will become a candidate pursuant to (Ohio Revised Code) 3501.01 when I am certified for the ballot in February of 2018. I will step down at that time. To do so any earlier is unfair to the two million Ohioans who elected me.”

A candidate for governor can only be certified after obtaining 1,000 valid signatures of registered voters on a petition that the candidate must sign declaring his or her candidacy for nomination. Those petitions are already being circulated by some statewide candidates, including Yost, who said the petitions need to be passed well in advance of the Feb. 7 filing deadline since a rule of thumb is to get at least 3,000 signatures to wind up with enough valid ones.

“I think that lawyers tend to be too clever by half, and this idea that you don’t become a candidate before you actually make a formal filing is so much hooey,” Yost said.

If O’Neill did resign, Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican, would appoint his successor.

Rarely used process

Any citizen could file a complaint alleging a violation of the judicial code. A special and rarely-used process involving the Ohio Court of Appeals Judges Association governs complaints made against supreme court candidates and sitting justices, said Richard A. Dove, director of the high court-appointed Ohio Board of Professional Conduct.

Ironically, the last case handled in the process involved O’Neill. A complaint was filed against him when, as a candidate for the state supreme court in 2012, he circulated campaign literature referring to himself as “Judge O’Neill” even though he was a retired Ohio appellate judge. The literature also identified him as a retired judge.

In March 2012, a five-judge hearing panel ruled against O’Neill and ordered that he cease and desist calling himself a judge. However, the ruling was later overturned, according to court documents.

Ohio Supreme Court races are officially non-partisan, although in practice the political parties nominate General Election candidates in their primaries. 

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has said that O’Neill’s decision to run for a partisan office raised “considerations that are governed by the Rules for the Governance of the Judiciary and the Code of Judicial Conduct.”

“I encourage Justice O’Neill to consider his future course of conduct in light of his oath of judicial office and the ethical obligations imposed upon all judges of this state,” she said after he announced his candidacy on Oct. 29.

O’Connor, had no further comment Friday. As a result of his recusal from new cases, O’Connor will appoint judges from the court of appeals to sit in his place, according to a news release issued by the court Friday.

Pepper: ‘We just started the vetting’

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said the party will vet O’Neill, as it does with all candidates for statewide office.

“We just started the vetting process and the first question we will be asking is how does the rule apply to his situation,” Pepper said.

The other Democrats running for governor are Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former state Rep. Connie Pillich of Cincinnati, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Boardman, and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton of Akron.

O’Neill on Thursday sent his notice of recusal to the Ohio Supreme Court Clerk Sandra H. Grosko, saying he wanted to avoid the “appearance of impropriety” as he runs in the 2018 race for governor.

“I will not be participating in any new matters submitted to the Court from this date forward until February 7, 2018. I will continue to vote on and participate in the resolution of the approximately 99 cases which have been submitted and not yet released,” O’Neill wrote.

He plans to resume full participation on the court if he terminates his campaign.

O’Neill took office in January 2013 and is the lone Democrat on the state’s high court. His term ends Jan. 1, 2019, and because he is 70 cannot run for re-election due to age limits.

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Cordray’s Washington exit could shake up Ohio governor race

Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 12:18 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 6:13 PM


            Richard Cordray, shown here testifying before a Senate committee, announced Wednesday he is stepping down as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (Ron Sachs/CNP/Sipa USA/TNS)
            Ron Sachs/CNP
Richard Cordray, shown here testifying before a Senate committee, announced Wednesday he is stepping down as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (Ron Sachs/CNP/Sipa USA/TNS)(Ron Sachs/CNP)

Ohio’s crowded field for governor could get more crowded now that Democrat Rich Cordray plans to leave his federal job, sending a strong signal that he is ready to launch another statewide bid.

Cordray, a holdover from the Obama administration, announced Wednesday he is stepping down as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by the end of November.

He would not say whether he plans to run for governor, but his candidacy has long been seen as a strong possibility by political insiders. Cordray is a former Ohio attorney general and Ohio treasurer, and probably the best known among the Democrats in the current field.

His decision to leave his job as a champion for consumers did not seem to sit well with some Democrats. Faith Oltman, a spokeswoman for Dayton Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley, said, “Cordray is turning his back on the progress we’ve made and surely emboldening (President Donald) Trump and Republicans in Congress to dismantle this consumer watchdog organization.”

Former Ohio Rep. Connie Pillich, another Democrat in the field, said in a statement: “It’s disheartening and disappointing that my friend, Richard Cordray, would abandon his role of protecting our nation’s consumers by turning over this critical agency to Donald Trump.” She added: “I look forward to seeing Rich on the campaign trail.”

In an email message to his employees on Wednesday, Cordray wrote: “Together we have made a real and lasting difference that has improved people’s lives, notably: $12 billion in relief recovered for nearly 30 million consumers; stronger safeguards against irresponsible mortgage practices that caused the financial crisis and hurt millions of Americans; giving people a voice by handling over 1.3 million complaints that led to problems getting fixed for vast numbers of individuals, and creating new ways to bring financial education to the public so that people can take more control over their economic lives.”

Cordray has led the bureau since 2008 and his term was set to end in July 2018. The bureau, which was created as part of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul legislation, is loathed by Republicans — and by Trump — who say it is an unaccountable federal agency with too much power.

Ken Blackwell, former Domestic Policy Advisor to the Trump Presidential Transition Team and a former Ohio state treasurer, took a shot at both the bureau and Cordray following the announcement.

“Under his direction, the CFPB has issued thousands of pages of crushing regulations, some of which have irreparably harmed consumers, and crippled American businesses,” Blackwell said. “If Director Cordray decides to run for Governor, which is highly anticipated, the people of Ohio should be wary of his crony behavior and reject his candidacy outright.”

But a Cordray candidacy would instantly bring more attention to the Democratic side of the race, where the candidates are less known than on the Republican side. The Republicans running are Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci.

The Democrats are Whaley, Pillich, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill.

Cordray, 58, by far has the most statewide experience, running for statewide office five times and winning twice. And his ties to former President Obama and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who helped establish the consumer bureau, could help him in the mad dash to raise some $20 million needed to run a credible gubernatorial campaign.

Kyle Kondik, author of The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President, said Cordray will need a strong campaign launch if he wants to clear or reduce the field in the Democratic primary.

“I don’t know if Cordray is strong enough to force people out of the race, but maybe he gets some high profile endorsements off the bat, like Elizabeth Warren or even maybe Barack Obama,” said Kondik, who worked for Cordray in the Ohio Attorney General’s office in 2009 and 2010.

Related: Hero to some, Ohio’s Rich Cordray under fire from GOP, banksA Cordray candidacy wouldn’t be a slam-dunk. He has been gone from the Ohio political scene for several years, and his last statewide race ended in defeat when he lost the attorney general’s race to DeWine in 2010.

As state treasurer in 2008, Cordray also hired Amer Ahmad into a high-level position. After Cordray moved to the attorney general’s office, Ahmad remained at the state treasury, where he pulled off the biggest bribery and kickback scheme in Ohio treasury history.

Ahmad is currently in prison.

Cordray, who lives in suburban Columbus, does have a lengthy resume. In addition to his current post and his elected stints as attorney general and treasurer, he was a five-time Jeopardy! champion, an intern for John Glenn, a law clerk for Judge Robert Bork and U.S. Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy, an Ohio State University law school professor, a state representative and Ohio Solicitor General.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said Wednesday, “We’re committed to an open primary process, and any candidate who wants to participate in our sanctioned debates and forums will need to go through the same vetting process that all other statewide candidates have gone through.”

In discussing Cordray, Jane Timken, chairwoman of the Ohio Republican Party, brought out a label that echoes from last year’s presidential campaign.

“After misleading Congress and Ohioans about his intentions for months, Crooked Richard Cordray has quit his bureaucratic dream job, as head of a structurally unconstitutional and unaccountable government agency, to run for governor,” Timken said. “Ohio voters know a swamp creature when they see one, and just like Hillary, Crooked Cordray can’t be trusted.”

At a news conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who designed the bureau and recruited Cordray seven years ago to help set it up, vigorously defended him, saying “he has stayed for seven years and devoted his life to making this agency work on behalf of the American people. I feel nothing but gratitude to Rich.”

She added: “Rich has dedicated much of his life to protecting consumers and holding big companies accountable. Rich has a record he should be proud of.”

Washington Bureau staff writers Jack Torry and Jessica Wehrman contributed to this report.

Supreme Court denies last-minute clemency bid for man who killed teen during an escape from custody

Published: Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 4:52 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 3:59 PM

Lawyers for condemned Franklin County killer Alva Campbell Jr. had argued he was too sick to be executed.
Lawyers for condemned Franklin County killer Alva Campbell Jr. had argued he was too sick to be executed.

An Ohio man lost his final bid to avoid execution after the U.S. Supreme Court today denied his motion to stay execution of his death sentence.

The ruling sets the stage for the Wednesday morning execution of Alva Campbell Jr., 69, who shot a teenager after stealing his car during an escape from custody.

Campbell is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 10 a.m. at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

This morning Campbell made his last meal request of pork chops, greens, sweet potato pie, mashed potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese and milk, according to JoEllen Smith, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

He was transported this morning to Lucasville, the site of the state’s execution chamber.

If the execution goes forward as scheduled, Campbell would be the third person executed this year, when the state ended a three-year halt in executions after controversy over the prolonged execution of Dennis McGuire using a previously untested combination of lethal injection drugs.

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The state now uses a three-drug combination that ends with potassium chloride, which stops the heart. 

Lower courts, the state Parole Board and Ohio Governor John Kasich have all rejected efforts by Campbell to be spared death for the 1997 killing of Charles Dials.

A federal judge in Dayton also rejected Campbell’s request to be executed by firing squad, a request made because of concerns that Campbell may not have accessible veins suitable for the three-drug lethal injection used by the state to execute prisoners, said David Stebbins, Campbell’s federal public defender.

In court filings Stebbins has cited the condemned man’s multiple health problems, which include issues with his veins, asthma, emphysema and an external colostomy bag.

“I anticipate they may have some difficulties,” Stebbins said. “He cannot breathe if he has to lie flat. And the process takes some time, so they’ve arranged a wedge to sit him up at a 40-degree angle.”

Stebbins said he was given a report by the warden that medical personnel were able to palpate Campbell’s veins in his legs and arms in order to find one suitable for injection.

The state agreed to use the wedge-shaped pillow on the gurney, Smith said.

“Mr. Campbell’s medical condition and history are being assessed and considered in order to identify any necessary accommodations or contingencies for his execution,” she said.

RELATED: Official ‘wondered what was going on’ in McGuire execution

The parole board also rejected arguments that Campbell be spared because of violence he said he suffered as a child from his parents and then in foster care.

“He had as bad a childhood as I’ve encountered in 35 years of doing this work,” Stebbins said. “It was significant for the level of violence inflicted on him by his parents.”

The state parole board in an Oct. 20 report acknowledged Campbell’s dysfunctional and traumatic childhood but said it needed to be weighed against the seriousness of his crimes, including a previous murder conviction.

“Those murders and other crimes committed by Campbell over the course of many years reflect a disturbing propensity to engage in extreme and senseless violence, a propensity that never abated despite multiple incarcerations and attempts by the state to rehabilitate him,” according to the parole board’s report.

The board voted 11 to 1 that he be denied clemency, and on Thursday Kasich denied Campbell’s request for executive clemency.

Campbell was first convicted at age 19 in 1967 of shooting a state trooper, armed robbery and grand larceny. He was paroled in 1971 and then shot a man to death during a robbery in Cleveland in 1972. He received a life sentence for first- degree murder but was paroled after 20 years. In 1997 he was arrested again in Franklin County, this time for aggravated robbery.

He had been shot during the robbery and pretended to be paralyzed as he was driven by a Franklin County deputy from the Jackson Pike Jail for his arraignment at Franklin County Municipal Court. Campbell overpowered Deputy Teresa Harrison and took her gun as she attempted to help him out of her vehicle at the loading dock, according to a narrative from court records included in the Parole Board report.

Dials was at the court to pay a traffic ticket. He was driving away in his pickup truck when Campbell stopped him, pulled open the door, forced Dials to move over and drove off. Campbell later ordered Dials to get onto the floor board of his truck and then shot him twice.

Campbell was captured after stealing another car and attempting to kidnap two other people and then hiding in a tree, where authorities found him after a chase.

In a Sunday tweet, death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean called for people to contact Kasich to stop the execution. Ohioans to Stop Executions also oppose his execution and is holding vigils for Campbell in various locations across the state today and tomorrow.

The last person executed in Ohio was Gary Otte, 45, who killed two people in a Cleveland suburb in 1992 and was put to death on Sept. 13.

RELATED: Ohio executes killer convicted in 1992 double homicide

Child killer Ronald R. Phillips, 43, was executed on July 26 for the 1993 death of a three-year-old girl he had raped and beaten.

RELATED: Ohio executes Ronald Phillips; first execution in 3 years

A reporter for the Dayton Daily News is one of five reporters who will witness the execution, Smith said. 

Witnesses for the victim include Dials’ sister, brother and uncle. Witnesses for Campbell include Stebbins, two other attorneys and a friend.

Stebbins said he has witnessed other executions at Ohio’s execution chamber.

“It’s awfully sterile. It’s like being in a hospital but they are executing the guy,” Stebbins said. “It’s very cold. They try to keep it solemn.”

By the numbers

53: Number of Ohio inmates executed between 1981 and March 2017.

85: Number of victims killed by those inmates.

43: Number of female victims.

19: Number of victims who were children.

45.73: Average age of inmates put to death.

19: Number of African-American inmates executed during that span.

25: Number of victims who were African-American.

34: Number of executed inmates who were Caucasian.

56: Number of victims who were Caucasian.

53: Number of Males.

0: Number of Females.

16.63: Average number of years on death row prior to execution.

Source: Ohio Attorney General’s office

Note: Data does not include Gary Otte, 45, executed in September, and Ronald R. Phillips, 43, executed in July.

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