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Trumbull prosecutors seek death date for killer in Warren murders

Stanley Theodore Adams has exhausted all state and federal reviews

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief Published: January 25, 2017 12:26 PM

COLUMBUS -- Prosecutors have asked the Ohio Supreme Court to set an execution date for a man convicted in the killing of a Warren woman and the rape and murder of her daughter 18 years ago.

In a filing with the state's high court Jan. 24, the Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office noted that Stanley Theodore Adams has "exhausted all of his state and federal court reviews of his conviction and death sentence and has not sought a stay Accordingly, the state of Ohio respectfully moves this court for an order and death warrant setting an execution date."

According to documents, Adams murdered 43-year-old Esther Cook, beaten to death in October 1999. He also beat and raped Cook's 12-year-old daughter, Ashley, and strangled her with an electrical cord. Cook had previously allowed Adams to live in her Warren home.

The Ohio Supreme Court earlier affirmed Adams' death sentence.

In a separate case at the time, Adams also was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the rape and murder of 40-year-old Roslyn Taylor of Hubbard Township. According to documents, her "partially clad body was discovered in a fire-damage automobile."

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The state is scheduled to restart executions next month, following a delay of several years as prison officials worked to resolve legal challenges and other issues related to Ohio's lethal injection procedures.

More than 30 executions are scheduled through early 2021.

Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at mkovac@dixcom.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlot.

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