State appeals judgment clearing Ohio man's name

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Attorney General's Office is appealing a court's ruling that cleared the name of a man who spent more than five years on death row for a pair of slayings he didn't commit.

Last month a Franklin County judge finally declared Dale Johnston innocent in the 1982 slayings. That now allows him to seek compensation from the state.

The Logan Daily News (http://bit.ly/QL43xH ) reports that the appeal was filed earlier this week. The state through the years has consistently blocked Johnston's efforts to be compensated.

Johnston was sentenced to die in 1984 for the shooting deaths of his teenage stepdaughter and her fiance. The shaky case against him toppled on appeal, and he was freed in 1990.

Another man confessed in 2008 to slaughtering the couple.

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Information from: Logan Daily News, http://www.logandaily.com