U.S. Supreme Court upholds death penalty for Springfield man

Jason Dean of Clark County will remain on death row after Monday’s Ohio Supreme Court decision.(Photo/Ohio Supreme Court)
Jason Dean of Clark County will remain on death row after Monday’s Ohio Supreme Court decision.(Photo/Ohio Supreme Court)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) — The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty sentence of a Springfield man.

The court rejected the appeal of Jason Dean, who was convicted of murdering Titus Arnold during a robbery attempt in 2006. Arnold was a youth counselor.

Arnold’s death came at the end of a four-day shooting spree in Springfield. Dean was also convicted of the attempted murders of six people.

Dean stole $6,000 from Arnold. A teenager with Dean at the time, Joshua Wade, fired the fatal bullet. Wade received a life sentence.

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 6-1 last year that Dean showed little remorse and the circumstances of the slaying during a robbery outweighed any evidence Dean presented in his favor.

The state Supreme Court had previously ordered a new trial for Dean even as the justices acknowledged substantial evidence of his guilt.

That unanimous ruling said a Clark County judge was so biased against Dean’s attorneys that it tainted his trial. Dean was re-tried and sentenced to death.

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