Ohio execution can proceed; defense disappointed

ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The defense team for an Ohio prison inmate who admitted killing a teenage boy says it's disappointed in a judge's ruling allowing his execution to proceed.

The federal judge concluded the state is serious about following its lethal injection procedures. Wednesday's decision by U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost paves the way for the April 18 execution of Mark Wiles for stabbing a 15-year-old boy to death during a farmhouse burglary in 1985.

The judge had previously criticized the state for deviations from its policy, saying even minor changes called into question its ability to carry out executions correctly.

Wiles' defense team has argued he should be spared because he confessed, showed remorse and has a good prison record.