Parents of Gregory McKnight murder victim will ask Strickland to commutate death sentence: Alan Johnson has this article in the Columbus Dispatch, entitled "Victim's parents: Spare her killer; Daughter wasn't for death penalty, family will argue." AP has this report, entitled "Parents want governor to spare life of daughter's killer."
...The family will appeal either directly to the governor or through a petition drive.
To act on the request, the governor would need an Ohio Parole Board recommendation, which he could request. Although many parents wouldn’t consider such a move, the Murrays searched their grieving hearts and found "love and loyalty" for their daughter’s wishes far outweighed any thoughts of revenge.
"It’s about Emily. It’s about the people of Ohio. When we execute someone, in some subtle ways, we may harm ourselves," Mr. Murray said in a telephone interview from his home.