Execution readied for former Ferry man

CINCINNATI (AP) – A condemned Ohio man is set to be moved from the state’s death row in Chillicothe to the site of his Thursday execution in Lucasville.

State officials are expected to move Donald Palmer, formerly of Martins Ferry, to death row today, the day before he is set to be executed by lethal injection for a crime committed 23 years ago.

The 43-year-old was convicted of aggravated murder for fatally shooting two strangers along a Belmont County road on May 8, 1989.

Palmer’s attorney says he hadn’t planned on filing any other appeals and expected the execution to pro ceed.

Palmer also decided not to request mercy from the Ohio Parole Board, which can recommend clemency for a condemned inmate to the governor.

Including Palmer, 10 Ohio inmates are scheduled for execution through March 2014.