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Supreme Court upholds convicted killer's death sentence

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The Supreme Court of Ohio today affirmed a Toledo man's conviction and death sentence for a double murder in 2007.  A jury found Calvin Neyland Jr. guilty of killing his boss at a Perrysburg trucking company and the company's safety director.

Thursday morning, the Supreme Court ruled that the trial court did make errors, but overruled all 19 legal issues raised in an appeal by Neyland Jr.  The suspect alleged that the errors would have changed the outcome of the trial, given the other evidence that proved his guilt.  The Supreme Court ruled 5-2 to uphold the original judgment of the Wood County Court of Common Pleas.

Neyland Jr. began working as a truck driver at Liberty Transportation Company in July 2006.  One year later, managers cited him for driving violations.  They also say they received complaints about the driver from customers.  The company later fired Neyland Jr., after a he was found at fault in an accident.

Police say Neyland shot his boss, Douglas Smith, and the company's safety director, Thomas Lazar on August 8, 2007.  Both were killed.

Neyland Jr. pleaded not guilty to the murders.  A jury found his guilty and the court sentenced him to death.

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