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Ohio prepares to execute 1st inmate in 6 months

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A condemned inmate was moved to the southern Ohio prison where he was scheduled to be executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing the 15-year-old son of his former employers during a 1985 farmhouse burglary.

Mark Wiles, 49, arrived at the Lucasville facility Tuesday morning, prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said.

The execution scheduled for Wednesday would end an unofficial six-month moratorium on the death penalty while the state and a federal judge wrangled over Ohio's lethal injection procedures.

Records show Wiles was caught during a burglary by Mark Klima, the straight-A son of the family for whom Wiles had been a farmhand. Wiles stabbed Klima repeatedly with a kitchen knife until he stopped moving, the knife left buried in his victim's back.

For his special meal Tuesday night, Wiles requested a large pizza with pepperoni and extra cheese, hot sauce, a garden salad with ranch dressing, a large bag of Cheetos, a whole cheesecake, fresh strawberries, vanilla wafers and Sprite, Smith said.

Wiles, who dropped his final appeal last week, told members of the Ohio Parole Board during a March 2 interview he wasn't sure he deserved mercy but was asking for clemency because he had to.

Wiles' defense team had argued he should be spared because he confessed to the crime, has shown extreme remorse and regret and has a good prison record.

"Mark does want to live out his natural life in prison," his attorneys said in their application for clemency. They added, "his remorse and regret are so overwhelming that he could not articulate reasons his life should be spared."

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