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Executed - Gregory L. Bryant-Bey - Ohio Death Row - Scheduled Execution
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Start : Wednesday 19 November 2008, 14:00
End : Wednesday 19 November 2008, 14:00

Gregory L. Bryant-Bey - Ohio Death Row - Scheduled Execution for November 19, 2008


Victims: Dale Pinkelman and Peter Mihas

The Crime: Aggravated murder and the aggravated robbery of Dale Pinkelman.

Pinkelman’s body was found near a back office inside Pinky’s Collectibles ("Pinky’s"), a retail store opened by Pinkelman that sold various items, including watches. His shoes were lying next to his body, but his trousers were missing. Deputy Coroner Cynthia Beisser concluded that Pinkelman died within a few minutes "as a result of a [single] stab wound to the chest."

Although when found Pinkelman’s body still wore a gold necklace and a ring and a watch on each hand, merchandise was missing from the store’s inventory. And despite the fact that Pinkelman customarily left $100 in loose currency in the register drawer and then placed the drawer in a storage room, the register was open, and the cash drawer, still in the register, had no visible currency. Additionally, Pinkelman’s station wagon, which had been parked in front of the store the previous day, was missing.

Police found an unknown fingerprint and palm print on top of a glass display case approximately three feet in front of Pinkelman’s body. Police also recovered Pinkelman’s abandoned station wagon. But police never found Pinkelman’s trousers or the murder weapon.

The Pinkelman homicide remained unsolved until Toledo police arrested Bey three months after the Pinkelman murder for the aggravated murder of Peter Mihas. Police were called to a Toledo restaurant, after Mihas, the restaurant owner, was found stabbed to death. Toledo Detective William Gray immediately noticed similarities between the Mihas homicide and the unsolved Pinkelman homicide. The trousers of both victims had been removed, and their shoes were lying next to their bodies. And both victims were owners of small businesses who were robbed and killed by being stabbed in the chest when they were evidently alone at their businesses. Additionally, both victims still had jewelry on their persons.

Police interviewed Bey regarding the Mihas homicide, and Bey admitted that he had killed Mihas. Then, after Bey’s finger and palm prints were taken, his prints were found to match the latent prints found on top of the glass case in Pinky’s. And Bey lived two blocks from where police had found Pinkelman’s station wagon.

The next day, police interviewed Bey concerning the Pinkelman homicide. Bey at first denied ever meeting Pinkelman and ever being in Pinky’s. Then Bey admitted that he had purchased a watch at Pinky’s as a gift for his wife. He stated that he "owed" Pinkelman around $300 for the watch and that he "was asking [Pinkelman] for some time," but that Pinkelman "dogged" him for money. When asked if he had harmed Pinkelman or if he had taken his car, Bey said that he did not remember. Bey then refused to talk any further.

The grand jury indicted Bey on four counts. Counts I and III charged the aggravated murder of Pinkelman and Mihas, respectively, under R.C. 2903.01(B), and both counts contained a death-penalty specification under R.C. 2929.04(A)(7), charging aggravated murder in the course of an aggravated robbery and naming Bey as the principal offender. Counts II and IV charged the aggravated robbery against Pinkelman and Mihas, respectively, and each contained a prior felony-conviction specification. The trial court granted Bey’s motion to sever.

Bey was then separately tried for and convicted of the aggravated felony-murder and aggravated robbery of Mihas and sentenced to life imprisonment. See State v. Bryant-Bey (Mar. 10, 1995), Lucas App. No. L-93-184, unreported, 1995 WL 96783, discretionary appeal denied (1995), 73 Ohio St.3d 1411, 651 N.E.2d 1308, certiorari denied (1996), 516 U.S. 1077, 116 S.Ct. 784, 133 L.Ed.2d 734. In the case now pending before us, the jury convicted Bey of the aggravated murder of Pinkelman, including a felony-murder death-specification, as well as aggravated robbery. Following a penalty hearing, the jury recommended the death penalty. The trial court agreed and sentenced Bey to death and to a prison term for the aggravated robbery. At sentencing, the trial court found Bey guilty of the prior felony-conviction specification attached to the aggravated robbery charge. The court of appeals affirmed the convictions and death sentence.

News: COLUMBUS - Gregory L. Bryant-Bey has a date with Ohio's lethal injection chamber on Nov. 19 for the robbery murder of a North Toledo merchant in 1992.

The Ohio Supreme Court set the date Monday after his federal and state appeals had run their course and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his case.

Bryant-Bey, who will mark his 53rd birthday on Aug. 6 at Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown, faces a death sentence for stabbing Dale Pinkelman, owner of Pinky's Collectibles. He was also convicted in a similar murder of Peter Mihas, owner of The Board Room restaurant in downtown Toledo.

It was the similarity between the two murders that ultimately led to the death sentence. Both men were stabbed in the chest. Their pants were removed and their shoes were lined up next to their bodies.

Bryant-Bey was convicted first and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the murder of Mr. Mihas. Evidence from that case later helped to convict him in the Pinkelman murder.

This marks the first scheduled execution of a death row inmate from northwest Ohio since the U.S. Supreme Court used a Kentucky case to uphold the constitutionality of the lethal injection process. A similar challenge to Ohio's lethal injection protocol is still pending in federal court.

After months of stays, the Ohio Supreme Court resumed signing death warrants on July 11. Richard Cooey is scheduled to die on Oct. 14 for the 1986 rapes and murders of two University of Akron students in 1986.


Last Meal: Three pieces of fried chicken, spaghetti with meat sauce, potato salad, cherry pie with strawberry ice cream and cola.

Final Statement: My heart was seeking a sense of fairness and a dose of justice, but it was not to be," Bryant-Bey said, his last words as he lie on the lethal injection table, clutching a rosary.

He also made an extensive statement claiming he was framed "based on false evidence" by Lucas County law enforcement officials. He read his final words from a hand-written 2 page statement.

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Posted: 2008/7/27 2:52  Updated: 2008/7/27 2:52
 My Uncle
My Uncle does not deserve such inhuman treatment, All who agree with this action as well takes part I hope GOD has mercy on your souls. No one cared when Others were killed back in the "Day" for money gold or property. If this is the case we all deserve to be gone, no one in this world is innocent and god does see all. You People are heartless.