Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Death row inmate loses appeal of conviction, sentence in Ohio police officer's killing

Officer Bryan Hurst
CINCINNATI — A death row inmate who killed a Columbus police officer during a bank robbery in 2005 has lost an appeal of his conviction and death sentence.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Tuesday turned down 24 different claims from 38-year-old Daryl Lawrence.

Daryl Lawrence

In a 75-page ruling, the judges disagreed with all of Lawrence's arguments, finding that he received a fair trial.

Lawrence was convicted of eight charges from four Ohio bank robberies, including murder.

Prosecutors say Lawrence shot 33-year-old Officer Bryan Hurst above his bulletproof vest at a bank. Hurst was working off duty as a bank guard to earn extra money to support his wife and baby daughter.

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