Ohio condemned man wants execution delayed

A condemned Ohio man found incompetent to be executed is asking the state's high court to delay his execution next week.

The Ohio Supreme Court in response has given prosecutors until Monday morning to file documents opposing the request in the case of Abdul Awkal (ab-DUHL' AW'-kuhl).

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Judge Stuart Friedman on Friday said Awkal was not competent to die for the 1992 slayings of his estranged wife and his brother-in-law.

Awkal's attorneys had argued during several days of testimony that he is so mentally ill he believes the CIA is orchestrating his execution.

The Ohio Parole Board voted 8-1 last month against recommending mercy. Most members concluded Awkal had planned the shooting and it wasn't because of a psychotic breakdown.

Awkal is scheduled to die Wednesday.

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