US Supreme Court rejects delay in Ohio inmate's execution

14 September, 2017, 04:11 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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A message was left with Otte's attorneys seeking comment.

Smith said Wednesday's execution of condemned killer Gary Otte (OH'-tee) was carried out in accordance with prison policy and without complication.

"Once (Wright's) identity and intention was verified, she was given permission to exit the room", Smith said.

Federal public defender Vicki Werneke said Monday that no appeal would be filed. Wright says she believes the rising and falling of Gary Otte's (OH'-teez) chest indicated he was suffering a phenomenon known as air hunger.

OH halted executions in 2015 due to the difficulty in obtaining lethal injection drugs.

He then sang a gospel hymn and quoted a Bible verse, the newspaper said. "Amen." The words were derived from a Bible account of Jesus Christ's crucifixion. Then, he sighed deeply and began singing, "The Greatest Thing", with words such as "I want to know you, Lord" and "I want to serve you, Lord".

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His singing stopped at 10:39, before he gave a thumbs-up sign.

His legal appeals ended about two hours before his scheduled execution when the Ohio Supreme Court declined to weigh in on his contention that he shouldn't be put to death because of his age at the time of the crime.

The state of OH executed convicted killer Gary Otte Wednesday morning after the US Supreme Court [official website] denied [text, PDF] his request for a stay on Tuesday night.

OH put to death a double murderer on Wednesday, its second execution in 2017 after a three-year hiatus because of legal challenges and difficulties obtaining lethal injection drugs.

A Cleveland appeals court rejected the age argument Tuesday morning. OH put to death a condemned child killer in July.

Otte was convicted of the 1992 killings of Robert Wasikowski (wah-sih-KOW'-skee) and Sharon Kostura.

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A condemned OH killer facing execution has appealed to the state Supreme Court, arguing he shouldn't be put to death because of his age at the time of the crime.

His last-ditch appeals included claims that use of the execution sedative midazolam is unconstitutional and that he should have been spared the death penalty because he was under 21 at the time of the crime.

Otte was 20 when he killed Robert Wasikowski and Sharon Kostura in suburban Cleveland. Several U.S. states including Oklahoma and Arizona have used midazolam in executions in which witnesses said inmates appeared to twist in pain on gurneys during the process.

A condemned OH killer awaiting execution has spent the past several hours visiting with his parents and talking to friends and family on the phone.

Gary Otte arrived at the death house in southern OH shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday, prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said.

She says Otte showered early Wednesday, and shortly before 7 a.m. was praying with his parents. Both slayings took place in Parma, in suburban Cleveland. "While it is too late for Gary Otte and Ronald Phillips, Governor Kasich can stop this regression by commuting all the sentences of those remaining on death row". He's scheduled to die at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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