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Published: Wednesday, 11/16/2011 - Updated: 3 years ago

Death penalty opponent portrayed in 1995 movie urges Ohio to ban capital punishment

Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking. Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking.

COLUMBUS— A Roman Catholic nun who's a prominent opponent of the death penalty has urged Ohio to end capital punishment.

Sister Helen Prejean came to Columbus on Tuesday, the same day Ohio put to death a man who fatally shot his three sons as they slept in 1982. The execution of 66-year-old Reginald Brooks was the state's first after an unofficial six-month moratorium.

Multiple news outlets report Prejean spoke in support of a bill that would ban capital punishment in Ohio. She said the state can be safe without killing.

The nun also supports an effort by some lawmakers to stop executions while a state task force studies whether the death penalty is being administered fairly.

Prejean was portrayed by Susan Sarandon in the Oscar-winning 1995 movie "Dead Man Walking."

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