CLEVELAND (AP) — Defense attorneys say a man sentenced to death for a Cleveland produce vendor’s 1983 slaying should be granted clemency in part because a second defendant repeatedly admitted being the shooter.
A clemency application filed Thursday for 54-year-old Arthur Tyler also alleges that a jury was coerced into issuing a death sentence verdict and that a prosecutor and some of Tyler’s defense attorneys had a conflict of interest.
A spokesman for the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office said it had no comment Thursday but plans to file a statement next week with the state parole board. The board makes a recommendation to the governor, who has the final say.
Tyler’s execution is scheduled May 28.
He’s arguing in a lawsuit that health problems put him at risk of suffering during lethal injection.