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Court upholds death sentence of Ohio double killer

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of a truck driver sentenced to die for killing his boss and another man.

Death row inmate Calvin Neyland Jr. was convicted of fatally shooting the two men at Liberty Transportation outside Toledo in 2007 as he was about to be fired.

The court's 5-2 ruling on Thursday rejected arguments by Neyland's attorneys that he suffers from schizophrenia and should not be executed, although the court agreed Neyland made bizarre comments and behaved oddly during the trial.

Justices also rejected arguments that forcing Neyland to wear leg shackles prejudiced the jury against him.

The 50-year-old Neyland was sentenced to die for killing his boss, Douglas Smith and Thomas Lazar, the company's safety director.

Associated Press

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