COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the aggravated murder conviction of a man the court earlier ruled can’t face the death penalty again when he is resentenced.
The court voted 6-1 Thursday to uphold Bennie Adams’ conviction for killing Youngstown State University student Gina Tenney in 1985. The court last year returned Adams’ case to a Mahoning County court for resentencing after ruling the death sentence he received was invalid because prosecutors failed to prove Adams committed aggravated burglary during the crime. The court also noted the U.S. Constitution prohibits him from facing the death penalty a second time.
Adams argued in appealing his conviction that his appellate lawyers didn’t raise errors he said his trial lawyers made. The Supreme Court disagreed.
A message was left Thursday for Adams’ attorney.