The Latest: Board hears mercy request from condemned killer

The Latest: Board hears mercy request from condemned killer
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Robert Van Hook, convicted of the fatal 1985 strangling and stabbing of David Self, a man he met in a bar in Cincinnati. Attorneys for a condemned killer are asking that their client be spared, saying he experienced a "homosexual panic" of self-revulsion before killing the man he picked up at the Ohio bar. The Ohio Parole Board is scheduled to hear arguments on Thursday, May 24, 2018, for and against Van Hook's clemency request. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a condemned killer asking the Ohio State Parole Board for mercy (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

The Ohio Parole Board has begun hearing arguments for and against clemency for a condemned killer facing execution in July.

The board will make its decision known June 1. Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sihk) has the final say.

Attorneys for death row inmate Robert Van Hook are asking that their client be spared, saying he experienced a “homosexual panic” of self-revulsion before killing a man he picked up at an Ohio bar.

Van Hook was sentenced to die for fatally strangling and stabbing David Self in Cincinnati in 1985.

Prosecutors dismiss Van Hook’s claim as nonsense, saying he made a practice of luring gay men to apartments to rob them.

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12:10 a.m.

Attorneys for a condemned killer are asking that their client be spared, saying he experienced a “homosexual panic” of self-revulsion before killing a man he picked up at an Ohio bar.

The Ohio Parole Board is scheduled to hear arguments on Thursday for and against death row inmate Robert Van Hook’s clemency request.

Van Hook was sentenced to die for fatally strangling and stabbing David Self in Cincinnati in 1985. Van Hook’s execution is set for July 18.

Prosecutors dismiss Van Hook’s claim as nonsense, saying he made a practice of luring gay men to apartments to rob them.

The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office also notes Van Hook has an extensive history of violence while incarcerated, including stabbing a fellow death row inmate in November.