James Thomas Curtis
A14463400

Curtis, using a car that looked so much like a police cruiser it had a light bar, pulled Suzanne Candler over just before dawn. Her body was found later in the afternoon. She had been shot in the face and back with a .38 caliber gun. Her clothes were in disarray, her body covered in blood. She had been raped as well as murdered.

That same day, Curtis pulled over Patricia Chitwood. Fortunately for Chitwood, she had a male friend sleeping in the back of her car. Curtis asked Chitwood to accompany him back to his "cruiser," which she did. But she quickly became suspicious, took her license away from Curtis, and fled in her car.

Chitwood reported what happened to the real police, which eventually let to Curtis' arrest. Police found multiple things belonging to Candler in Curtis' home and on his person. A .38 was found in the trunk of his car.

Curtis was originally sentenced to death, but had his sentence reduced only due to a supreme court decision that found Ohio's death penalty unconstitutional.

The defendant is up for early parole due to the recent Hall v. Hageman decision

Location
London Correctional Institution
Offenses
Aggravated Murder
Aggravated Robbery
Min Sentence
LIFE
Max Sentence
LIFE
Date Admitted:
3/22/1976
Next Eligibility
Hearing Date:
5/30/2019

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