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Governor Denies Clemency to Romell Broom

Gov. Ted Strickland has denied clemency to a death row inmate who raped and stabbed to death a 14-year-old girl 25 years ago.

Strickland's decision Monday follows the recommendation of the Ohio Parole Board regarding 53-year-old Romell Broom.

Broom's lethal injection execution is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday. A prisons spokeswoman says he was moved Monday morning from Ohio's death row in Youngstown to the death house in southern Ohio.

Broom's attorney Tim Sweeney says he has requested a stay of the execution in both the U.S. District Court in Cleveland and in the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Friday, the state Supreme Court refused to allow a hearing to consider whether investigators shielded records at Broom's trial. Broom says the records could have changed the trial's outcome.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.