Beasley will become the seventh person from Summit County currently on Ohio’s death row. Twelve other people from Summit County were previously sentenced to death including one defendant, Donald Craig, who received separate death sentences for two different killings.
Several had their sentences overturned, one — Craig — died of natural causes, and five have been executed. The last inmate put to death from Summit County was Brett Hartman, executed last year for stabbing an Akron woman more than a hundred times, then cutting off her hands.
The county has a relatively low death sentence rate, according to data from the Ohio Supreme Court, the state prisons system and the state public defender’s office analyzed by The Associated Press. Only one of every five defendants who have faced capital punishment charges since 1981 actually received a death sentence, according to the analysis.
Most defendants facing a death sentence pleaded guilty to avoid execution, with several receiving sentences of life with no chance of parole.
Associated Press Legal Affairs Writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins in Columbus contributed to this report