The guilt of Tibbetts, 61, has never been in doubt.
John Kasich on Friday spared a condemned killer whose sentence was challenged after a juror came forward and said information about the extent of the inmate's tough childhood wasn't properly presented at trial.
Tibbetts received a sentence of life in prison for killing his then-42-year-old wife during an argument about his crack cocaine habit, and a death sentence for fatally stabbing a man for whom Tibbetts was working as a caretaker.
Tibbetts was scheduled to be executed on October 17 after Kasich delayed an earlier execution date over a juror's concerns the jury wasn't informed of Tibbett's abuse-filled childhood and drug addiction during his trial 20 years ago.
Tibbetts was convicted of killing his wife Judith Crawford and landlord Fred Hicks in 1997 in Cincinnati.
Geiger wrote Kasich in January citing his concerns and asking that Tibbetts be spared.
Geiger said he was surprised to learn recently of the abuse Tibbetts and his brothers suffered, including not being fed properly, being thrown down stairs, having their fingers beaten with spatulas and being burned on heating registers.
Geiger told the board that Tibbetts' upbringing was presented as a debate between his attorneys, who said his background was awful, and prosecutors, who said it wasn't that bad. The board had voted 11-1 against mercy for Tibbetts a year ago.
"I was just struck and frankly upset that information that was available was not even addressed, other than in very summary fashion", Geiger said at the hearing.
Geiger's comments didn't sway the panel, which again recommended against mercy for Tibbetts with an 8-1 vote.
The governor overturned an Ohio Parole Board ruling and granted clemency to Tibbetts, who will now serve life in jail without parole.
Geiger said Friday he appreciated that the governor considered his concerns about what he saw as a failure of the system.
Former juror Ross Geiger says the truth is what matters most so situations such as the case of ex-death row inmate Raymond Tibbetts can be avoided in the future.
Federal public defender Erin Barnhart says Kasich did a great service by sparing Tibbetts.
County prosecutors have previously argued that Tibbetts' background does not outweigh his crimes.
Prosecutor Joe Deters on Friday maintained that position, telling WCPO in a statement that the governor "has ever right to do what he did".
On Friday, Kasich also granted a reprieve to delay the execution of Cleveland Jackson, who was scheduled to be executed on September 13, to May 29, 2019.
Jackson was sentenced to death in the 2002 execution-style murders of 17-year-old Leneshia Williams and 3-year-old Jayla Grant on Lima's Eureka Street.