Member of jury who recommended death penalty for killer says they were misled about his upbringing

A juror who recommended the death penalty for a man who killed two people says the panel was misled about the "truly terrible conditions" of the inmate's upbringing.

Raymond Tibbetts was hit with the death sentence one year after the slaying of Fred Hicks at Hicks' home in Cincinnati on Nov. 5, 1997. Tibbetts is also serving a life sentence for fatally beating and stabbing wife Judith Crawford the same day. She was stabbed 21 times by Tibbetts, according to Newsweek.

Twenty years later, juror Ross Geiger has concerns about ending Tibbetts' life. He told the Ohio Parole Board on Thursday that he was "frankly upset" to read last year about Tibbetts' terrible childhood.

"It’s pretty unusual," the convicted killer's lawyer Erin Gallagher Barnhart told Newsweek earlier this year. "As far as something this late in the process where it’s really in the governor's hands, I haven’t found an analogous situation."

Tibbetts' execution is set for Oct. 17 after Gov. Kasich, who received a letter from Geiger, agreed to a delay. The parole board plans to issue its ruling later this month, but had voted 11-1 last year against mercy for Tibbetts.

The convicted killer claimed in an application for mercy that he and his brothers were tied to a single bed at night, were not fed properly and were thrown down stairs. He also said their fingers were beaten with spatulas and were burned on heating registers.

"It was like just a different story," Geiger said during the 86-minute appearance before the board in a rare follow-up clemency hearing on Thursday.

Geiger had said in an interview with Newsweek that he felt like he made the right decision "at the time."

"We were not given these facts to consider in the sentencing phase so had these facts been available, the weight I would have given to the mitigating circumstances would have been a lot heavier and I would have insisted at that point life imprisonment is the option," he told Newsweek.

Geiger said the only hints of the killer's childhood at trial came from a psychiatrist who spoke briefly to members of Tibbetts' family.

"I was just struck and frankly upset that information that was available was not even addressed, other than in very summary fashion," Geiger said.

Board members asked Geiger why jurors did not lean heavily on a full report from the human services department that included details of Tibbetts' childhood. He said they could have, but compared the task to receiving a textbook from a teacher with no explanations or instructions.

"Is it too much to ask for a juror to rely on attorneys to provide the information that was available?" Geiger said.

With News Wire Services

RELATED: Notable cold cases through history: 

Notable cold cases and unsolved murders throughout history
See Gallery
Notable cold cases and unsolved murders throughout history

In June 1893 Lizzie Borden stood trial, later acquitted, for killing her father and stepmother with an ax.

(Photo via Bettmann/Getty Images)

Foreboding Kingsbury Run, shunned by the timid as the legend of its murders has grown, is indicated on this map by dots locating 10 of the 11 torso murders which have occurred there since Sept. 23, 1935. Police, delving into the lives of the mad murderer's victims, hope to uncover clues which will end the periodic killings. Discovery of photo negatives in the belongings of Edward Andra Ssy, first victim, show Andra Ssy in a strange room which, if identified, may provide a live lead, police believe. As the map shows, the murderer departed only twice from his custom of assailing victims in Kingsbury Run or adjacent Cuyahoga river valley.

(Bettmann via Getty Images)

Bucks Row, now Durward Street, east London, where the body of Mary Ann Nichols, victim of Jack the Ripper, was found lying across the gutter.

(Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Head shot of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, a murder victim nicknamed the Black Dahlia. 

(Photo via Bettmann/Getty Images)

Daily News front page dated June, 16, 1990, Headline: IS HE THE ZODIAC?, Police sketch of man who approached latest victim in Central Park last Thursday and asked him his birth date., June 26, 1990 . , Zodiac Killer. , Heriberto Seda. Headlines. IS HE THE ZODIAC ?

(Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

U.S. labor leader Jimmy Hoffa is photographed at the Greater Pittsburgh Airport, Pennsylvania in this April 12, 1971 file photograph. Hoffa was switching planes from San Francisco, and was returning to the federal prison in Allenwood, Pennsylvania. Hoffa was let out of prison to visit his wife, who had been hospitalized with heart problems. FBI teams on May 25, 2006 sifted by hand through dirt from a chest-deep hole in the ground in an intense search for the body of Jimmy Hoffa three decades after his disappearance. Hoffa was last seen outside a Detroit-area restaurant where he was to meet New Jersey Teamsters' boss Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano, a member of the Genovese crime family, and a local Mafia captain, Anthony "Tony Jack" Giacalone. Hoffa was declared dead in 1982, and numerous books about his life have pinned his disappearance on mobsters who murdered him because they did not want him interfering with their close ties to the union.

(REUTERS/Jerry Siskind)

 The site where 6 year old JonBenet Ramsey was killed in Boulder, Colorado, 1996.

(Photo by Karl Gehring/Liaison)

Black car in which rapper Tupac Shakur was fatally shot by unknown driveby assassins as he was riding w. friend Death Row records. pres. Marion Suge Knight, who survived shooting, behind police tape at crime scene (Photo by Malcolm Payne/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Police detectives released this composite drawing March 27 of the man they believe killed rap star Notorious B.I.G. in Los Angeles recently. The suspect, a black man in his early 20's with close-cropped hair, was wearing a bow-tie the night of the drive-by killing. Investigators have set up a toll free number for the public to call with any information about the suspect. NOTORIOUS BIG
Donna Norris poses next to a photo of her daughter Amber Hagerman, January 4, 2011, who was kidnapped 15 years ago while riding a bicycle near Norris mother's home in Arlington, Texas on January 13, 1996. (Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.