A federal judge has rejected requests from two condemned Ohio inmates to put a temporary stop to their upcoming executions. Lawyers for both inmates argue the first drug in Ohio’s lethal injection process creates the risk that prisoners being put to death will suffer serious pain.
Today, Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) provided sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 94 in the Senate Judiciary Committee. SB 94 abolishes the death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
The Ohio Supreme Court has set execution dates in 2022 for two condemned killers.
An attorney for Gary Otte, a man put to death Wednesday for killing two people in Parma in 1992, said she saw signs that her client experienced pain as the execution team injected him with a sedative, the first of three-drug combination.
The time of death for the 45-year-old Otte was 10:54 a.m.
A Cuyahoga County appeals court heard arguments Monday that Otte should be allowed to challenge his execution as unconstitutional because of his age at the time of the crime.
Ohio is preparing to put a condemned killer of two people to death this week as the inmate awaits word on last-minute appeals. The state plans to execute the 45-year-old Otte on Wednesday with a lethal combination of three drugs. A federal court is considering Otte’s argument that the first drug in the process creates an unconstitutional risk of severe harm.
The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected the request of a condemned killer to delay next week’s execution while he pursues an appeal. Death row inmate Gary Otte wants the death penalty declared unconstitutional in his case because he was under 21 at the time of the crime. The court denied Otte’s request for a delay Thursday.