June 5, 2012
Ohio Governor John Kasich granted a last-minute reprieve to a death-row inmate scheduled for execution Wednesday, so officials could evaluate his mental competency.
Shortly after the state Supreme Court turned down a request to postpone Abdul Awkal’s execution for the 1992 shooting death of his wife and brother-in-law, Kasich stepped in Tuesday evening to temporarily spare his life. “I almost fell to the ground,” said Awkal’s attorney David Singleton. “We always thought we might have a shot. He came through and gave us hope.”