44-year-old Billy Slagle was found hanging in his cell about 5 a.m. Sunday.
Prison spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says 44-year-old Billy Slagle was found hanging in his cell about 5 a.m. Sunday at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. He was declared dead about one hour later.
Slagle's attorney tells in an email that the defense had no warning that he might commit suicide.
Slagle was alone and no other inmates are suspected of involvement.
The coroner plans an autopsy Monday.
In a rare move, the prosecutor in Cleveland asked the Ohio Parole Board to spare Slagle. Tim McGinty said jurors today, with the option of life without parole, would be unlikely to sentence Slagle to death.
The parole board and Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) both rejected mercy for Slagle. He was sentenced to die for fatally stabling neighbor Mari Anne Pope in 1987 during a Cleveland burglary while two young children were present.