Court Upholds Death Sentence For Cincinnati Man
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence for a Cincinnati man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and two young children.
Mark Pickens was sentenced to die in 2010 after a jury found him guilty in the shootings of 19-year-old Noelle Washington, her infant son and a 3-year-old girl she was babysitting a year earlier.
The court's ruling issued Tuesday rejected Pickens' arguments that questioned testimony at the trial and how the jurors were selected.
Pickens was 19 at the time of the shootings.
Prosecutors said the killings came after Pickens' former girlfriend had filed a rape charge against him and that he likely did not want her to testify.
A message was left for Pickens' attorney.