State's High Court Sets New Execution Date For Reprieved Inmate
The Ohio Supreme Court has rescheduled the execution of a condemned killer of two who received a rare last-minute reprieve. The two-week delay ordered by Gov. John Kasich Tuesday night spared Abdul Awkal just hours before he was set to die for killing his estranged wife and brother-in-law in a Cleveland courthouse in 1992. The Supreme Court on Wednesday set a new date of June 20 for Awkal. Kasich granted the reprieve to allow a Cuyahoga County judge time to hold a hearing on Awkal's mental competency. Awkal's attorneys argue he is so mentally ill he believes the CIA is orchestrating his execution. The state opposes any delay, saying several courts have upheld Awkal's competency.