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Former Howland woman on death row denied appeal hearing

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal filed by the only woman on Ohio's death row.

The high court refused to hear the appeal made by 69-year-old Donna Marie Roberts and her boyfriend who were sentenced to death in 2003 for plotting to kill her husband Robert Fingerhut in 2001 in Howland.

Fingerhut had named Donna Roberts on his life insurance policies.

Roberts' attorney had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to let him present evidence as to why Roberts should be spared the death penalty.

In October, the Ohio Supreme Court overturned Roberts' death sentence, but upheld the guilty verdict.

Roberts will stay on death row until she's sentenced again.

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