Ohio Inmate Billy Slagle Found Dead in Cell: UPDATE

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UPDATE: Two corrections officers working at Chillicothe Correctional Institute were placed on administrative leave, following Slagle's death. Their jobs included checking in on each inmate every 30 minutes.

Slagle was days away from his scheduled execution and hours away from being placed under constant monitoring.

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Originally posted Aug. 5:

Billy Slagle was supposed to die on Wednesday.

Instead, prison officials found him hanged in his cell at Chillicothe Correctional Institute on Sunday.

No initial test results have been released, though representatives of the prison acknowledge that the death appears to be a suicide. Slagle was hours away from being placed on constant pre-execution watch.

An oral argument was slated for today, according to Slagle's defense team. An effort at staying his execution or commuting his sentence had been under way for a while. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty had even joined in the attempt, saying that "life without parole" would be a more amendable sentence, were the trial to be held today.

In 1987, Slagle murdered Mari Anne Pope while she was babysitting two children. He stabbed her 17 times with a pair of scissors.

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