An Ohio Man's February Execution Halted
A federal judge with no objection from the state has stopped next month's Ohio execution of a man who says he's innocent in an arson fire that killed his 3-year-old son. Michael Webb has argued that a leading arson expert can prove the 1990 fire in southwest Ohio could have been set anywhere in the house, and not just near a closet or bathroom. Webb says that fact backs up his argument that someone else did it. A federal judge on Thursday delayed Webb's Feb. 22 execution after a brief teleconference a day earlier in which the state said it didn't oppose the delay. Attorneys for the 65-year-old Webb say his situation is the same as another inmate whose execution is on hold over challenges to Ohio's lethal injection process.