COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned killer trying to delay his execution because he is obese is now raising an innocence claim, a prosecutor said in a filing with the Ohio Parole Board.
Death row inmate Ronald Post, who weighs more than 400 pounds, is asking the courts to stop his January execution on the grounds his weight could cause him to suffer severe pain during the procedure.
Post has also attempted to delay his execution to try to prove that claims he made a full confession to several people have been falsely exaggerated.
Post told the parole board on Nov. 20 that another man shot hotel desk clerk Helen Vantz in Elyria in 1983, Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said in a board filing Wednesday obtained by The Associated Press through a records request.
Post said he was “complicit in the robbery” but didn’t enter the hotel personally, Will said in the filing.
Will called the allegation a “brand new claim” that isn’t backed up by the facts. He said Post took responsibility when he pleaded no contest in 1984.
The board “should consider Post’s written admission, made in open court almost thirty years ago, that he, and he alone, was responsible for the crimes against Helen Vantz,” Will wrote.
Post’s lawyer denied there was anything new about his client’s comments to the board. Post, without explaining his role in the crime, apologized for his involvement in Vantz’ death during a sentencing hearing, defense attorney Rachel Troutman said Thursday.
Post entered a no contest plea and was not tried.
A December 1984 report filed ahead of Post’s sentencing quoted him as saying he was with two men he knew when they talked about robbing the motel but he didn’t take them seriously.
Post “stated that it wasn’t until the next day when he read in the papers about the murder, did he realize that they had been serious,” the report said.
In the parole board interview, Post identified one of those men, Ralph Hall, as the shooter.
Will, the prosecutor, said Post told seven people after the shooting that he was responsible, including Hall. He also said two independent witnesses at the hotel saw a man fitting Post’s description in the lobby around the time of the shooting.
Their testimony “provides a compelling showing that Post was alone with Helen Vantz shortly before the crime,” Will said in his parole board filing.
Messages could not be left at an Elyria phone listing for Hall.
Post’s parole hearing is Dec. 6. A federal judge in Cleveland has rejected his obesity claim, while a federal judge in Columbus plans a hearing next month on the claim as part of an unrelated lawsuit challenging Ohio’s lethal injection procedures.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be reached at http://twitter.com/awhcolumbus.
More Related Stories
- Here come the tornado truthers. Already
- Peace Corps to allow gay couples to volunteer together
- Moore officials: Funds for "safe rooms" were held up by red tape
- Rand Paul: Congress should apologize to Apple, not the other way around
- Rescue crews race to find tornado survivors
- Looting in Oklahoma?
- Hundreds of low-wage federally contracted workers strike in D.C.
- Okla. mother's tearful reunion with her 8-year-old son
- New campaign compares gun control to anti-LGBT discrimination
- Study: Salt Lake City is gay parenting capital of the U.S.
- Inhofe and Coburn: Red state hypocrites
- Teen activist to meet with Abercrombie CEO
- Watch: Family emerges from storm shelter after tornado
- Must-see morning clip: Barackalypse Now
- Okla. tornado survivor reunited with dog trapped in rubble live on camera
- Is Pope Francis an exorcist?
- Oklahoma death count confirmed at 24, 9 children
- Frantic parents search for children in tornado's wake
- Crews dig through rubble after deadly tornado
- 51 killed in massive Oklahoma tornado
- Don't cry climate-change wolf
Featured Slide Shows
The week in 10 picsclose X
- 1 of 11
Lisa Montgomery embraces her nephew Thursday after a tornado tore apart her home in Cleburne, Texas. The twister killed six people and destroyed entire swaths of the North Texas town.
Credit: AP/LM Otero
Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, speaks outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Tuesday. His client was convicted of killing three babies in his clinic, and will serve multiple life sentences.
Credit: AP/Matt Rourke
A photo taken Monday captures Vice President Joe Biden's response to a Milwaukee second-grader's innovative proposal to end America's epidemic of gun violence. This guy!
Credit: AP/Jenny Aicher
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., flanked by a grouper-eyed Michele Bachmann, addresses the IRS' admission that it targeted Tea Party groups in advance of the 2012 election. In an op-ed for CNN Thursday, the Kentucky senator slammed the president for his faux outrage.
Credit: AP/Molly Riley
Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller is sworn in on Capitol Hill Friday. Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the extra scrutiny the agency gave conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
Credit: AP/J. Scott Applewhite
Attorney General Eric Holder pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Holder is under fire, among other things, for the Justice Department's gathering of phone records at the Associated Press.
Credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster
O.J. Simpson sits during an evidentiary hearing at Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial.
Credit: AP/Las Vegas Review-Journal/Jeff Scheid
Major Tom to ground control: On Sunday astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded the first music video from space, a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
Credit: AP/NASA/Chris Hadfield
When it rains it pours. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inexplicably inspiring an #umbrellagate Twitter meme.
Credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin
A smoke plume rises high above a road block at the intersection of County A and Ross Road east of Solon Springs, Wis., Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but the the wildfire caused evacuations across northwestern Wisconsin.
Credit: AP/The Duluth News-Tribune/Clint Austin
Recent Slide Shows
- 1 of 11