Thursday, May 21, 2009

Melvin Bonnell

*Scheduled Execution:  February 12, 2020

Melvin Bonnell #  A204019

P. O. Box 5500
15802 State Route 104 North
Chillicothe, OH 45601 

DOB: 9/23/57
County;   Cuyahoga


Sentence: death
Summary: When a Cleveland man answered a knock at the door, he was led back inside at gunpoint, shot twice and repeatedly pummeled. The victim's two roommates saw the attack on Nov. 28, 1987, and called police. That night, Bonnell was arrested for drunken driving and fleeing police, and later was charged with the murder.
Available DNA evidence: blood and vomit from the scene, swabs from Bonnell's hands, the murder weapon. The prosecutor, however, says the evidence is gone but hasn't provided details.
Rationale for testing: Unbeknownst to Bonnell's lawyer, the victim's roommates originally described the attacker as a stranger even though both knew Bonnell. They later testified against Bonnell, with one avoiding jail time as part of a plea bargain, not revealed at trial, for an unrelated violent assault.


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