Board Recommends Against Clemency For Buell

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Robert Buell's execution for his conviction in the rape and strangulation of an 11-year-old girl in 1982 should proceed, the Ohio Parole Board ruled on Monday.

Buell, 62, is scheduled to die by injection on Sept. 25.

Buell, a former Akron city worker who lived in Clinton, was convicted in the 1982 death of Krista Harrison, of Marshallville in neighboring Wayne County.

Defense lawyers asked the parole board last week to recommend life imprisonment for Buell. His attorneys argued that prosecutors in Buell's 1984 trial withheld information that would have helped his defense, such as that some witnesses had been hypnotized.

Prosecutors said the testimony from the hypnotized witnesses wasn't tainted and wasn't essential to convicting Buell.

An appeals court rejected Buell's arguments in 1999 that the testimony was unreliable.

The parole board, in a rare unanimous decision, said prosecutors "showed that evidence overwhelmingly established Mr. Buell's guilt."

Krista was kidnapped from a park across the street from her home on July 17, 1982. Investigators said she was sexually assaulted before she was strangled. Her body was found six days later along a country road.

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