UPDATE: Ohio executes killer of two people after failed appeal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - UPDATE 9/13/2017, 11:30 A.M.

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Ohio has executed a man convicted of killing two people in back-to-back robberies in suburban Cleveland in 1992.

Death row inmate Gary Otte was put to death Wednesday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

The time of death for the 45-year-old Otte was 10:54 a.m.

His legal avenues for halting the execution closed just hours earlier, when the Ohio Supreme Court refused to halt it or consider his appeal that he shouldn't be executed because of his age at the time of the killings.

The execution was the second this year. Ohio put to death a condemned child killer in July.

Otte was sentenced to die for the Feb. 12, 1992, killing of Robert Wasikowski and the Feb. 13, 1992, killing of Sharon Kostura.


ORIGINAL STORY: 9/11/2017, 3:29 P.M.

A lawyer for a convicted Ohio killer scheduled to died Wednesday says his client won't appeal a judge's ruling rejecting arguments that the state's three-drug lethal injection process is unconstitutional.

Federal Judge Michael Merz said Friday that inmate Gary Otte still hasn't proved he would experience pain after being injected with Midazolam, the first drug in the lethal injection process.

Federal public defender Vicki Werneke said Monday that no appeal would be filed. She declined to further comment.

The decision means Otte's last appeal involves an argument before a state appeals court that he shouldn't be put to death because at the time of the crime he was only 20.

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.

The state plans to execute the 45-year-old Otte on Wednesday.

Ohio put the killer of a 3-year-old girl to death in July, the first execution in more than three years after a delay caused by a drug shortage.



 
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