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Parole board considers clemency for hitchhiking murderer

Michael Beuke (Source: Ohio Department of Corrections) Michael Beuke (Source: Ohio Department of Corrections)

COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio Parole Board is considering clemency for a Hamilton County man who murdered another man in 1983.

Michael Beuke is currently scheduled to be executed on May 13 for the aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping of Robert Craig. Beuke was also convicted of the attempted murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery of two other victims.

Beuke would pose as a hitchhiker, then order his victims to a predetermined location and shoot them.

Beuke was sentenced to death in October of 1983.

In a letter to the Ohio Parole Board, Hamilton County Judge Norbert Nadal said Beuke should not receive clemency.

"The proven facts and circumstances reveal a pattern of absolute willful, cold-blooded disregard for human life and values far beyond this court has ever seen in any other case," Judge Nadal wrote in the letter.

Nadal also wrote that Beuke showed no remorse for what happened and his execution is "long past due."

The Ohio Parole Board will hold a hearing on April 12 in Columbus.

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