Written By: Ishton W. Morton – May 30th, 2020
Because there have been no executions in 2019 it seems Ohio is following a national trend against the death penalty. As of Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 studies found Ohio has one county that has sentenced more people to death over the past two years than any other in the United States. Actually, Cuyahoga County leads the nation in death-penalty sentences.
Ironically, many have come believe that the death penalty to be like unto a box candy being places into some obscure place and eventually be forgotten where it becomes totally lost.
Meanwhile Ohio has reinstated the death penalty since 1974. Conversely the law was struck down as unconstitutional in 1978. Also the current law went into effect back in 1981. However, as recent as Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 HB 160, a death penalty abolition bill, was introduced by State Representative Ted Celeste in the 129th General Assembly.
These bills to abolish death penalty indicated with description. Accordingly HB 1322 will reinstate the death penalty for mass murder, defined as the killing of five in Ohio Announces Planned Introduction of Death–Penalty Repeal Legislation.
Arguments relative to the death penalty seems to be extremely complicated. And at times the death penalty does not seem it can or will ever be implemented period. This is not an advocate in favor of the death penalty. But the question continues to be overwhelming; what can or must be done to those who take someone’s life?
On Friday, May 29th, 2020 in a press release Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters in indictment(s) against 43-year-old Alto Miles whose date of Birth is August 30th, 1977 announced possible death penalty for him.
Subsequently, Miles is charged with 4 counts of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony with death penalty specifications and 4½ year gun specifications) and 2 counts of Weapon Under Disability (Felony 3). It is believed if Alto Miles convicted on all charges, he will be facing the possibility of the death penalty.
Nonetheless Deters continued to say; on or about April 8th – 10th, 2020 Alto Miles shot and killed Tasia Mason and Bridgett Carter in an apartment in the 800 block of Clinton Springs Avenue. Reportedly, Ms. Mason was acquainted with Alton Miles.
Purportedly, no weapon was recovered! Also, Miles as accused of murdering Tasia Mason and Bridget Carter on April 10 During his arraignment, it was said Miles has had mental health issues in the past, including 3 rushed to hospital after crash in Millville …
But on Friday, April 10th, 2020 at approximately 4:10 A.M., Miles shot and killed William Bowen III and Michael Eves at an apartment in the 3600 block of Reading Road. Also, Miles was acquainted with William Bowen.
Reportedly, on April 10th at approximately 4:10 A.M. Cincinnati Police received a 911 call to respond to the apartment on Reading Road in reference to 2 people being shot at that location.
Accordingly, when the police responded, they located Mr. Bowen and Mr. Eves in the apartment. Both victims had been shot and were pronounced dead at the scene.
At approximately 5:40 P.M. on April 10th Cincinnati Police investigated another homicide at the apartment on Clinton Springs. Ms. Mason and Ms. Carter were found in the apartment. Both victims had been shot and were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Hamilton County Coroner ruled all 4 deaths homicides as the result of gunshot wounds.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “Miles went on a killing spree. Unlike a serial killer who continues to stalk his prey over a period of time, Miles killed 4 people in a matter of days if not hours and then turned himself in to the police.
It is hard to comprehend this much violence and death within such a short period of time.
Although I am not a lawyer, it seems too often perpetrators senseless crimes Jump to Definition such as the insanity defense, also known as the mental disorder defense, which is an affirmative defense by excuse in a criminal case, arguing that the defendant is not responsible for his or her actions due to an episodic or persistent psychiatric disease at the time of the criminal act.
Dryly, the insanity defense refers to a defense that a defendant can plead in a criminal trial. Also, in an insanity defense, the defendant admits the action but asserts a lack of culpability based on mental illness.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters maintained, “My office seeks the death penalty only after careful review of the case and much thought and consideration, so it is unusual to announce 2 death penalty indictments within 2 days.”
Additionally, on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced a 10-count, death penalty indictment against the man accused of deliberately crashing into Grant’s cruiser on Interstate 275. Deters continued to say Terry Blankenship “deserves to die,” calling the March 21 killing of Springdale Police Officer Kaia Grant “an obscenity.”