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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Supreme Court is hearing arguments for and against the death sentence given a man convicted in the slayings of his two children and former mother-in-law.

Attorneys for James Mammone (mah-MOHN') III argue the 2010 trial should have been moved outside of Canton in northeast Ohio because of publicity about the killings.

They also argue two potential jurors who said they supported the death penalty should have been removed, and evidence presented during trial such as crime scene photographs was inflammatory.

Prosecutors disagree that publicity affected the case. They say Mammone was entitled to an impartial jury, not one that had never heard of the slayings.

The court planned to hear arguments Wednesday in Columbus, with a decision to follow in several weeks.

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