COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Parole Board is recommending Gov. John Kasich deny clemency to a man sentenced to die for stabbing to death the teenage son of his employers while burglarizing their farmhouse.
The board said Friday that Mark Wiles' execution should proceed because he exploited the family's kindness and his remorse doesn't outweigh the crime. He's scheduled to die April 18.
However, the 49-year-old Wiles is part of a lawsuit in which federal courts delayed February and March executions over concerns that the state continues to deviate from its written lethal-injection rules.
He's asked a judge to halt his execution while procedures are reviewed.
Wiles was convicted of killing 15-year-old Mark Klima in Portage County in 1985. His lawyers argued he should be spared because he takes responsibility and is remorseful.
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