Tuesday, 16 January 2007

Board to consider clemency for trooper's killer

7:14 AM January 16, 2007

Board to consider clemency for trooper's killer


The state Parole Board will vote today on whether to recommend clemency for a Death Row inmate scheduled for execution later this week.The five-member board will meet at 9 a.m. to hear testimony from family members of both Norman Timberlake, 59, and his victim, Indiana State Police Master Trooper Michael E. Greene. At 2:30 p.m., the board is scheduled to vote on its recommendation to Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Daniels can grant clemency and stop Timberlake's execution at any time. He is scheduled to die by lethal injection shortly after midnight on Friday at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.
Timberlake testified before the board last week and won't attend today's hearing. He maintained his innocence, saying it was his traveling companion who shot Greene during a 1993 traffic stop on I-65 in Indianapolis.

On Wednesday, a federal judge will hear arguments in a lawsuit in which Timberlake's attorneys argue the state's lethal injection procedures create a risk he will feel unnecessary pain.

This story will be updated.

Call Star reporter Jon Murray at (317) 444-2752.

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