Gov. Ted Strickland today granted another reprieve for convicted killer John G. Spirko Jr., pushing his execution date until Sept. 18.
It was the sixth reprieve granted to Spirko to allow time for additional DNA testing related to the 1982 kidnapping and murder of Betty Jane Mottinger, 48, postmaster at Elgin in northwest Ohio.
Attorney General Marc Dann asked Strickland to delay the execution which had been set for April 17.
Spirko, 60, was originally set for lethal injection on Sept. 19, 2005, but his defense attorneys repeatedly requested additional DNA testing. They claim he is an innocent man convicted based solely on circumstantial and misleading evidence.
More than 150 DNA tests have been done thus far on clothing, cigarette butts, duct tape and other items found at the scene of the crime or the rural location where Mottinger's body found was found six weeks after her abduction.
Tests completed thus far have turned up nothing to prove or disprove Spirko's guilt, officials in the attorney general's office said.
Spirko gets 7th reprieve from execution----Strickland grants time for more DNA testing
John G. Spirko Jr.Convicted killer John G. Spirko Jr. will get another 120-day reprieve from execution, his 7th, to allow more time for DNA testing.
Gov. Ted Strickland signed the reprieve for Spirko today, spokesman Keith Dailey said.
Spirko, 60, was scheduled to be executed Sept. 18 for the August 1982 kidnapping and murder of Betty Jane Mottinger, 48, postmistress of Elgin, a small town in northwestern Ohio.
His original execution date was Sept. 19, 2005.
As with the other 6 delays, this one was granted to allow additional DNA testing on a number of items, including clothing, cigarette butts and duct tape found at the post-office crime scene and the farm field where Mottinger's body was found 6 weeks after her abduction.
If any DNA is found, it is tested against samples from Spirko and other individuals.
As of March of this year, state officials said the testing, which has cost taxpayers in excess of $50,000, has been inconclusive.
(source: Columbus Dispatch)
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Death row inmate gets another reprieve while evidence tested-- July 30, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man who has been on death row for nearly 25 years was granted a seventh reprieve on Monday so his lawyers and the state can further study evidence from the slaying for which he was convicted.
Gov. Ted Strickland granted the reprieve sought by lawyers for John Spirko, 61, who was convicted of the 1982 killing of a northwest Ohio postmistress. The action postpones Spirko's execution date from Sept. 18 to Jan 24.
Strickland previously granted a similar 180-day reprieve on March 27. Spirko, who says he is innocent, received his first reprieve from then-Gov. Bob Taft in September 2005.
Postmistress Betty Jane Mottinger of Elgin was abducted and repeatedly stabbed, then wrapped in a tarp and dumped in a field. Her body was found three weeks later.
Thomas Hill, a lawyer representing Spirko, said the testing involves biological testing of material from the post office where Mottinger was abducted and from the field where her body was found.
Courts at all levels have previously upheld Spirko's conviction and death sentence. He has been on death row since 1984.
In a letter to Spirko's attorneys in 2005, then-Attorney General Jim Petro predicted the DNA wouldn't prove the inmate's guilt or innocence.
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