Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                                               NEWS RELEASE                                                     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                            April 19, 2002

Execution of Alton Coleman

(Columbus) The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) has scheduled the execution of Alton Coleman (A205-901) for Friday, April 26, 2002.  Coleman is scheduled to be executed at 10:00 a.m. by lethal injection at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio. 

Coleman is being executed for the 1984 aggravated murder of Marlene Walters in Hamilton County.  Coleman had victims in multiple states, and as a result there will be a closed-circuit viewing room to accommodate twelve additional victim witnesses.

Background Information:

Name:                                                Alton Coleman

Race:                                                 Black 

Date of Birth:                                     10/6/1956

Committing Counties:                         Hamilton

Age at Commitment:                            31

Date of Commitment:                        10/5/88

Offenses:                                          Aggravated Murder

                                                        CS/W Aggravated Murder

                                                        CS/W Attempted Aggravated Murder

                                                        CS/W Aggravated Burglary

                                                        CS/W Theft

For more information, please contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.