STATEMENT OF THE CASE
Billy Slagle committed the most heinous of crimes, invading the home of Mari AnnePope and taking her life in a manner and means most vicious. Further exacerbating thehorror of his crime, he did so while two children were present in the home. While Slagleattacked and murdered the victim, the children escaped the home and alerted neighbors tocall the police.
The children’s brave act
led to police capturing Slagle while still in thevictim
’s home, holding the pair of scissors he used to brutally end Ms. Pope’s life.
Aftertrial, a jury recommended, and the trial court imposed, the death penalty. At the time, thelaw did not provide for a penalty of life without parole.
Slagle’s conviction carried the death penalty, which sentence was determined
appropriate on appeal to the Eighth District Court of Appeals. However, the Ohio SupremeCourt was divided, with Justices Wright and Brown, dissenting from imposition of the death
penalty, citing the mitigating factors of Slagle’s age and substance abuse.
Slagle appeared before this Board in 2011, arguing the same mitigation argumentshe has proposed throughout his prosecution and years of appeals. He has specificallyrequested that this Board recommend that the Governor grant his clemency applicationand commute his sentence of death to one of life without parole. This Board unanimouslyrecommended that the Governor deny him clemency at that time.
THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY’S
POSITION ON CLEMENCY HEARINGS
The Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney has instituted a policy of review in allcapital cases. This policy applies with equal force to charging decisions in new cases, aswell as past convictions that resulted in a death sentence. This review is conducted under