Court: Ohio can seek death penalty in 1993 murder

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals panel has cleared the way for prosecutors to again seek the death penalty against an Ohio man convicted in the 1993 rape and fatal beating of a 19-year-old woman.

Maurice Mason had argued that state prosecutors shouldn’t be allowed to seek the death penalty against him because they missed a filing deadline after an appeals court threw out his death sentence in 2008. He also argued it would amount to double jeopardy.

But on Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati found that although the state did miss a key deadline, doing so is not enough to protect the 49-year-old Mason from the death penalty.

Mason was convicted in the 1993 killing of Robin Dennis in rural Marion County.

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