Tues. 8:45 p.m.: Death row inmate loses appeal

WARREN – A Trumbull County death row inmate has failed in his latest bid to get an appeals court to declare his trial unfair because he was forced to wear a stun belt during the proceedings.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Tuesday affirmed the denial of Stanley Adams’ petition, stating the lower court in Cleveland that previously heard the appeal acted reasonably when it made its decision.

The appellate justices also denied Adams’ bid to overturn his death sentence based on claims that Ohio’s execution method is cruel and unusual punishment. The court noted that no federal court has found the lethal injection protocol to be unconstitutional.

Adams was sentenced to death in October 2001 by Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter J. Kontos after a jury convicted him in the robbery and aggravated murder of Esther Cook, 43, and the rape and aggravated murder of her 12-year-old daughter, Ashley Cook.

Read more in Wednesday’s Tribune Chronicle.