Ohio gov spares condemned killer of 2

Shawn Hawkins (Source: Ohio Department of Corrections)
Shawn Hawkins (Source: Ohio Department of Corrections)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Governor John Kasich has spared a condemned killer of two after expressing concern that there was considerable doubt about the case.

Attorneys for Shawn Hawkins had raised questions about evidence that sent him to death row, and the Ohio Parole Board recommended last month that Kasich spare Hawkins.

Hawkins is the first death row inmate spared by the Republican governor since he took office in January.

The 43-year-old Hawkins had been scheduled to die next week for the 1989 killings of Terrance Richard, 18, and Diamond Marteen, 19, in Cincinnati's Mount Healthy neighborhood.

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