Jury selection for death penalty trial begins Monday in Ohio

Published: Mar. 1, 2020 at 10:41 PM EST
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Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for the death penalty trial of an Ohio prison inmate accused of having strangled his cellmate.

Reports say that the trial comes amid discussion among Ohio lawmakers on capital punishment and an offer from the defendant to accept a life sentence without parole. Prosecutors rejected the offer from 34-year-old Jack Welninski, who is charged with capital murder in the April 2018 death of 40-year-old Kevin Nill.

Welninski is serving a 69-year sentence for the 2015 attempted murder of a police officer. Nill was serving 18 months for attempted domestic violence.