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Ohio Supreme Court upholds Cleveland man's death sentence
State high court turns down Charles Maxwell's 19 points of appeal

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M.L. Schultze
In The Region:

The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a Cleveland man convicted of killing his girlfriend.

Charles Maxwell shot Nichole McCorkle to death in 2005. He had appealed his death sentence in part by challenging the autopsy report and testimony from a medical examiner.

Maxwell shot McCorkle to death after she had testified to the grand jury that he earlier had pistol-whipped her.

The medical examiner who prepared the autopsy left the office before Maxwell’s trial, and another examiner stepped in to testify in court. Maxwell had argued that he had a constitutional right to confront in court the original examiner who prepared the report.

The state high court also threw out 18 other arguments he made to try to overturn the death penalty in his case. 

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