State of Ohio v. Christopher L. Whitaker, Case No. 2019-1482
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court
Christopher Whitaker was convicted for the January 2017 kidnapping, rape, and killing of a 14-year-old Cleveland girl. At his trial, he acknowledged that he took the girl's life. His lawyers focused on mitigating factors to argue for a life sentence.
However, the trial court imposed the death penalty. Because he was sentenced to death, Whitaker is entitled to an automatic appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.