Ohio Inmate Kills Himself on Death Row

Patrick Leonard died Sunday night
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 6, 2017 11:03 AM CST
Ohio Inmate Kills Himself on Death Row
Patrick Leonard   (Ohio's Death Row blog)

An Ohio man condemned to die for the slaying of his former girlfriend has killed himself on death row. The Ohio prisons agency tells the AP that inmate Patrick Leonard died Sunday night of an apparent suicide on death row in Chillicothe; the AP didn't provide additional details. Leonard was sentenced to death for the 2000 killing of his ex-girlfriend, 23-year-old Dawn Flick, in Hamilton County. Court records say the 47-year-old Leonard was angry at Flick for ending their relationship and refusing to reconcile and so he handcuffed her, tried to rape her, and shot her three times.

A 2001 Cincinnati Enquirer article recounted comments made at sentencing by Flick's mother's, Linda, who attributed two murders to Leonard: "Your actions killed him," she said in reference to her husband, Les, who used a gun to take his own life just hours after learning of his daughter's murder. Leonard was unusual among death row inmates in that he did not have a previous criminal record. He didn't have a scheduled execution date. The last death row suicide in Ohio was in 2013. (Read more death row stories.)

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