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Juror Seeks Mercy For Convicted Ohio Killer

Ross Geiger, a juror on the murder trial of Raymond Tibetts, expresses remorse for voting on the death penalty.
Andy Chow
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Ohio Public Radio
Ross Geiger, a juror on the murder trial of Raymond Tibetts, expresses remorse for voting on the death penalty.

A member of the jury who recommended the death penalty for a convicted murderer in 1997 is now seeking mercy for that killer. The juror says he would’ve reached a different decision had the case been argued better.

“My feeling of me being misled causes me to be angry,” Ross Geiger told the Ohio Parole Board.

Geiger doesn’t question if Raymond Tibbetts is guilty of murdering Fred Hicks and Judith Sue Crawford.

But Geiger believes he would’ve opted for life without parole had he known about Tibbetts’ abusive childhood - something he learned about after visiting an anti-death penalty website.

Members of the board noted that whether or not the defense effectively presented the information, Geiger did have the written report that detailed Tibbetts’ past.

“If I wanted to make an argument to you about any topic, I probably wouldn’t just hand you the textbook and say here’s my argument,” Geiger said.

Tibbetts was accused of beating his wife Judith with a baseball bat, then repeatedly stabbing her and their landlord Hicks in their Cincinnati apartment.

This additional clemency hearing comes after Gov. John Kasich delayed Tibbett’s scheduled April execution because of a letter he received from Geiger.