The Ohio Parole Board was no help for a Death Row inmate from Akron. Its clemency report, released today, includes a recommendation to Governor Kasich that Brett Hartman should not be granted clemency. He's scheduled to be executed November 13.
It may not be a surprise to Hartman - the board has made the same recommendation two other times. Attorneys wanted the board to consider a new psychological report on Hartman and the murderer himself wanted to ask the board to recommend that his sentence be reduced to 25-years to life so he can get to know the daughter he recently discovered and so he can continue to find a way to prove his innocence. The board notes, "It is unfortunate that this discovery did not occur earlier in Hartman's incarceration, however, it does not warrant a recommendation for clemency."
Hartman was convicted of murdering Winda Snipes, 46, in her Highland Square apartment in 1997. Snipes was stabbed more than 130 times. Her severed hands have never been found.