COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man who stabbed his young children to death and fatally shot his former mother-in-law in 2009.
In a 6-1 decision Wednesday, the court rejected arguments from James Mammone’s (mah-MOHNS) attorneys that graphic crime-scene photos were inflammatory and should never been shown to jurors.
Mammone also argued that publicity ruined his chances for a fair trial in Canton and that two jurors who said they supported the death penalty should have been removed.
Two months after his wife divorced him, Mammone stabbed his 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son to death as they were strapped in their car seats in Canton in northeastern Ohio. He then went to the home of his ex-wife’s mother, whom he severely beat and shot twice.