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Board questions killer's tough upbringing claims as he requests clemency

Death row inmate Alva Campbell has requested clemency (Courtesy: Ohio Dept. of Corrections)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Some members of the Ohio Parole Board have questioned how much weight they should give a condemned killer's tough upbringing when deciding whether to spare him.

Attorneys for 69-year-old death row inmate Alva Campbell say he was the product of a violent, dysfunctional and sexually abusive childhood.

Board member R.F. Rauschenberg noted during a Thursday hearing that Campbell had some positives in his life, including being married.

Board member Trayce Thalheimer said the board has seen inmates with worse backgrounds who didn't end up on death row.

Attorneys for Campbell are also citing his poor health as they request clemency.

The board will announce its decision on Oct. 20. Republican Gov. John Kasich will have the final say.

Campbell is scheduled for execution Nov. 15 for carjacking and fatally shooting an 18-year-old man in 1997.

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