Springfield killer wants death sentence overturned

Jason Dean on death row for the murder of Titus Arnold in 2005 (Photo/Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)
Jason Dean on death row for the murder of Titus Arnold in 2005 (Photo/Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – A Springfield man sitting on death row for murder wants the Ohio Supreme Court to overturn his sentence.

The court will hear the case Tuesday, May 5.

Jason Dean is serving the sentence for the murder of Titus Arnold during a robbery attempt in April 2005.  Arnold was a youth counselor.  Dean and his accomplice stole $6.00 from Arnold.

A teenager with Dean at the time, Joshua Wade, fired the fatal bullet. Based on his age, the 16-year-old was sentenced to life in prison.

Attorneys filed 15 claims of errors made at Dean’s trial.

Dean’s attorneys will argue that the death penalty sentence is not in line with the punishment Wade received. They are also questioning the validity of testimony from Dean’s former girlfriend during trial.

Dean and the teen were involved in multiple crimes during their crime spree. He was also convicted of the attempted murders of six people, aggravated robbery and weapons charges.

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