CLEVELAND -- A man sentenced to death for a Cleveland produce vendor's 1983 slaying should be granted mercy partly because a second defendant repeatedly admitted being the shooter, defense attorneys argued in a clemency application Thursday.
Attorneys for Arthur Tyler also alleged that a jury was coerced into issuing a death sentence.
Tyler, 54, is scheduled to be put to death May 28. His attorneys are arguing in a separate lawsuit that he has health problems that put him at risk of suffering during lethal injection. Tyler has a history of heart problems and diabetes and risk factors including high blood pressure and being overweight.
, according to the complaint filed in federal court in Columbus earlier this month.
The complaint argues that lethal injection drugs would amount to cruel and unusual punishment. The drugs are the only execution method under Ohio law.