Divided Court Rejects Execution Date For Mexican National
The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a prosecutor's request to set an execution date for a Mexican national convicted of killing four members of his girlfriend's family and sentenced to death in three of the 1991 slayings.
Mexico opposes setting a date for Jose Trinidad Loza, saying he was never allowed to consult with a Mexican consulate and was the subject of bias early on, including a crime scene detective who used an ethnic slur to describe him.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this week asked Ohio Gov. John Kasich to ensure Loza is not executed until his case receives full review and reconsideration.
The state Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Tuesday against the Butler County prosecutor's request for an execution.