Columbus, Ohio – Governor Ted Strickland today issued the following statement on the executive clemency request of Kenneth Biros:
“Pursuant to his conviction for Aggravated Murder, the Ohio Supreme Court has scheduled the execution of Mr. Kenneth Biros for March 20, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. Although the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has issued a stay of the execution, it is a distinct possibility that the stay will be lifted prior to the scheduled execution. Accordingly, I have completed my review of Mr. Biros’ request for executive clemency.
In making my determination, my staff and I have reviewed the record of the proceedings and the evidence presented in Mr. Biros’ case, the judicial decisions regarding Mr. Biros’ conviction, the Application for Executive Clemency filed by Mr. Biros’ attorneys and arguments presented for and against the clemency request and Mr. Biros’ institutional mental health record. We have also reviewed letters received in the Governor’s office regarding this matter and the unanimous recommendation against clemency forwarded to me by the Ohio Parole Board on January 10, 2007.
Based on this review, I have decided to deny Mr. Biros’ application for executive clemency.”