COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a witness to another slaying he committed.
The court by a 5-2 vote Tuesday rejected arguments from condemned killer Calvin McKelton that he had poor legal help at trial.
The court also rejected several arguments related to prosecutorial misconduct, including an allegation that a prosecutor mischaracterized evidence.
The 39-year-old McKelton was convicted of murder for strangling his girlfriend, Fairfield attorney Margaret Allen, in July 2008, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
McKelton received a death sentence for shooting Germaine Evans Sr., a witness to Allen’s death, seven months later.
A message was left with the Ohio Public Defender’s Office, which represents McKelton.