Crime Ohio set to execute man convicted of back-to-back killings

10:21  13 september  2017
10:21  13 september  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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Back to Gallery. LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The state on Wednesday was preparing to execute a man convicted of killing two people in back - to - back robberies in 1992.

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The state on Wednesday was preparing to execute a man convicted of killing two people in back - to - back robberies in 1992. Death row prisoner Gary Otte was sentenced to die for the Feb.

FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Gary Otte, convicted of shooting two people to death in back-to-back robberies in February 1992. Otte execution is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Gary Otte, convicted of shooting two people to death in back-to-back robberies in February 1992. Otte execution is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections via AP, File)

LUCASVILLE, Ohio — The state on Wednesday was preparing to execute a man convicted of killing two people in back-to-back robberies in 1992.

Death row prisoner Gary Otte was sentenced to die for the Feb. 12, 1992, killing of Robert Wasikowski and the Feb. 13, 1992, killing of Sharon Kostura. Both slayings took place in Parma, in suburban Cleveland.

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LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The state on Wednesday was preparing to execute a man convicted of killing two people in back - to - back robberies in 1992. Death row prisoner Gary Otte was sentenced to die for the Feb.

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The state on Wednesday was preparing to execute a man convicted of killing two people in back - to - back robberies in 1992. Death row prisoner Gary Otte was sentenced to die for the Feb.

The state planned to put Otte to death at 10 a.m. at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville with a lethal combination of three drugs.

Otte arrived at the prison on Tuesday. His last meal included a mushroom and Swiss cheese hamburger, a quart of Heath Bar ice cream and a slice of banana cream pie.

The execution would be the second in Ohio this year, following the use of lethal injection in July on a man convicted of raping and killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in Akron in 1993. That was the first execution in Ohio in more than three years, a delay caused by difficulties finding drugs to use in capital punishment.

Otte unsuccessfully challenged the use of the first drug in Ohio's lethal-injection procedure, a sedative called midazolam, which was involved in problematic executions in Arizona and Oklahoma.

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LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The state on Wednesday was preparing to execute a man convicted of killing two people in back - to - back robberies in 1992. Death row prisoner Gary Otte was sentenced to die for the Feb.

LUCASVILLE, Ohio — The state on Wednesday was preparing to execute a man convicted of killing two people in back - to - back robberies in 1992. Death row prisoner Gary Otte was sentenced to die for the Feb. 12, 1992, killing of Robert Wasikowski and the Feb. 13, 1992, killing of Sharon Kostura.

Midazolam also has been used in executions without discernible problems, including the execution of Ronald Phillips in Ohio in July.

Otte's attorneys said midazolam may not render prisoners so deeply unconscious that they avoid suffering serious pain when the last two drugs are administered.

The state argued there was no evidence that Phillips wasn't properly anesthetized during his execution.

Otte on Tuesday also lost an appeal that argued the death penalty is unconstitutional because he was only 20 at the time of the crimes. And then the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his attempt to delay his execution.

In Otte's criminal case, authorities said he asked to go inside Wasikowski's apartment to use the phone and then shot the 61-year-old and stole about $400. The next day, authorities say, Otte forced his way into the apartment of the 45-year-old Kostura in the same building, shot her and stole $45 and her car keys.

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Back to Gallery. LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The state on Wednesday was preparing to execute a man convicted of killing two people in back - to - back robberies in 1992.

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The Ohio Parole Board unanimously rejected a request by Otte in February, citing the heinous nature of the killings. Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, also denied Otte clemency.

Otte's attorneys had argued a life sentence without parole was an appropriate alternative, saying Otte has matured and made efforts to better himself in prison.

Otte's drug addiction, intoxication and depression led to the slayings, and Otte had poor legal assistance at trial, his public defenders said in documents filed with the parole board.

The Cuyahoga County prosecutor said Otte still wouldn't take full responsibility and tried to blame others, including the victims.

The killings weren't spur-of-the-moment decisions by Otte, who lingered in the victims' apartments to rob them and even turned the TV up to block out Kostura's pleas for help, county prosecutor Michael O'Malley said in a Jan. 30 filing with the parole board.

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Judge: Inmate drug reaction wasn't enough to stop execution .
A federal judge says the physical reaction of an Ohio inmate being put to death wasn't enough to stop the execution under current legal precedent governing lethal injection in the state. Judge Michael Merz also says it was likely too late for him to act by the time attorneys for inmate Gary Otte (OH'-tee) reached him by phone last week.Merz explained in a weekend ruling his decision not to stop Otte's execution on Sept 13.An attorney who contacted Merz after the execution started said there were signs Otte was crying, clenching his hands and that his stomach was heaving.

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