Death row killer wants a new trial

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A death row killer is asking for a new trial.

Testimony was heard in a Montgomery County courtroom Friday about why Larry Gapen deserves a new trial.

Gapen, 66, was convicted of killing his ex-wife, Martha Madewell, her ex-husband, Nathan Marshall and her 13-year old daughter in September 2000.

He beat them to death with an ax inside their Pleasant Hill Drive home.

Experts and witnesses were scheduled to testify during the hearing.  No word on when a ruling will be made.

Gapen is no stranger to the courts.  He tried unsuccessfully to get his death sentence conviction overturned, claiming his lawyers didn’t do enough to keep him off death row.

He went to prison in 2001.  He is housed in the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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