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Prosecutors accuse judge of death-penalty bias in Akron capital murder case

AKRON, Ohio — The Summit County Prosecutors Office accused a judge of being biased against the death penalty in an ongoing quadruple homicide case and asked the Ohio Supreme Court to remove the judge from the case.

Prosecutors asked in a written motion to the Ohio Supreme Court that Summit County Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands be removed from presiding over the case after she called a supervisor in the prosecutors office and asked him to take the death penalty off the table.

Rowlands has 15 days to respond to the complaint. Supreme Court justices have no set timetable to rule on the matter. The trial, which was set for opening statements on Thursday, is now postponed until Monday.

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