Ashford Thompson Granted Stay of Execution by Ohio Supreme Court
Thompson was originally scheduled to be executed June 23, 2011
The Ohio Supreme Court granted a stay of execution Monday for Ashford Thompson, who was convicted of aggravated murder in the death of Twinsburg Police Officer Joshua Miktarian in 2008.
Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor granted the stay for Thompson, 26, because of a mandatory appeal of his sentence. Last year Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer sentenced Thompson to be executed June 23, 2011.
In a memorandum filed Dec. 14, Thompson’s public defenders, Kimberly Brigby and Rachel Troutman, said every defendant has an automatic right to appeal a death sentence.
“Thompson’s direct appeal will not be completed before June 23, 2011,” they wrote in the memorandum. “Thompson seeks this Stay of Execution to allow a thorough and considered review of his conviction and sentence.”
Brigby today declined to comment further on the case but did say the appeal process is just beginning and that a stay in such cases is common.
Twinsburg Police Lt. Michael Nakata said the department is not shocked by this ruling.
“It’s a procedural thing and it was kind of to be expected and it’s not much of a surprise,” Nakata said.