Prosecutor agues for mercy for condemned killer

Prosecutor agues for mercy for condemned killer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio prosecutor says the death sentence of a condemned killer should be commuted to life without parole, arguing that statements of the killer's co-defendant could undermine confidence in the sentence.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Prosecutor Tim McGinty also says the lack of the life without parole option in 1983 may have led to the death sentence for Arthur Tyler over lesser options available at the time.

McGinty also argues in an Ohio Parole Board filing Monday that Tyler remains guilty of the shooting of Cleveland produce vendor Sander Leach.

McGinty disagrees with arguments by Tyler's attorney that he should be released from prison because Tyler's co-defendant made statements taking responsibility for the killing.

McGinty says Tyler is far from innocent and his participation in the crime cannot be reasonably questioned.