Supreme Court sets 2017 execution date for condemned killer - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Supreme Court sets 2017 execution date for condemned killer

Posted: Updated:
 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has set a 2017 execution date for a death row inmate sentenced to die more than twenty-five years ago.

Records show that Melvin Bonnell shot 23-year-old Robert Bunner in his Cleveland apartment on Nov. 28, 1986, in front of Bunner's two roommates. Bonnell was sentenced to die in 1988.

The court ruled 6-1 Tuesday to set Bonnell's execution date for Oct. 18, 2017. Records show the results of DNA testing in 2009 indicated the victim was the source of blood on Bonnell's jacket.

The 57-year-old Bonnell is one of 17 inmates with execution dates beginning next year, including six in 2017. No executions were scheduled this year to give the Ohio prisons department time to find new supplies of lethal injection drugs.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms