On April 11, 2018, William Montgomery is scheduled to be executed in Ohio. Montgomery has consistently maintained his innocence while on death row. Catholic Mobilizing Network calls on all people of goodwill to oppose this action. In Ohio, the Governor has authority to grant clemency with the nonbinding advice of Board of Pardons and Paroles. We invite you to voice your opposition and demand that Governor Kasich respect the dignity of all life with this prepared petition.
No credible evidence ties Montgomery to the murders. Prosecutors withheld evidence including police reports, tips about alternative suspects, physical evidence implicating the co-defendant, and eyewitness accounts that a second car was parked next to Ms. Tincher's car just before she was killed. This information undermines the state's entire theory of the murders. The only evidence implicating Montgomery in the crime is testimony from Glover Heard, the co-defendant in the case. Heard received a deal from the prosecution in exchange for his testimony. Heard's story changed five times, and only on the fifth time was Montgomery mentioned.
This petition will be hand-delivered to Governor Kasich just before Good Friday -- a day where we remember the death of Jesus Christ and the violence of all state sanctioned executions.