Ohio Supreme Court to hear appeals in 2 death penalty cases

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is hearing appeals in two death penalty cases this week, including a man sentenced to die for a double slaying five years ago.

On Tuesday, justices will weigh the death sentence of Dawud Spaulding, condemned to die for killing 28-year-old Erica Singleton and 31-year-old Ernest Thomas in Akron in December 2011.

Records show Singleton had a protective order against Spaulding at the time.

The court will hear arguments Wednesday in the case of Steven Cepec, who received a death sentence for strangling 72-year-old Frank Munz in Munz’s Medina County home in 2010.

Decisions by the court won’t come for several weeks, and any executions would be years off because of lengthy appeals and the state’s current lack of lethal injection drugs.