COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday set an execution date of September 2026 for a man who fatally shot a couple whose home and dog he was babysitting while they were on vacation.

Death row inmate George Brinkman pleaded guilty in the 2017 deaths of Rogell and Roberta John and was sentenced to death by a three-judge panel in Stark County.

Last month, the Supreme Court rejected arguments Brinkman’s lawyers said he should be pardoned because of childhood abuse and mental health issues. They said those factors, along with the remorse he showed for the killings, did not outweigh the brutal nature of the attack.

Brinkman, 50, also received the death penalty for killing a woman and her two adult daughters in Cuyahoga County the day before the Johns were killed.