What message will Ohio send if it seeks the death penalty for the four members of the Wagner family accused of murdering eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County in 2016? That the death penalty is the only way justice can be served for such brutal killings? That executing the Wagners is a necessary deterrent? That Ohio is tough on crime?
The answer is all of the above, but Ohio will also be demonstrating it prefers the charade of capital punishment over confronting the reality that it is a profligate use of time and money.
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