The Latest: Ohio high court denies condemned killer appeal
LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a contemned Ohio killer (all times local):
The Ohio Supreme Court says it won't hear an appeal from a condemned killer who argues he shouldn't be put to death because of his age at the time of the crime.
The court declined to halt a scheduled 10 a.m. Wednesday execution in a decision released about two hours before.
Lawyers for death row inmate Gary Otte (OH'-tee) wanted the court to apply the ruling of a Kentucky court last month that found the death penalty unconstitutional for people who were under 21 at the time their crimes were committed.
Otte was 20 when he killed Robert Wasikowski (wah-sih-KOW'-skee) and Sharon Kostura in Parma, in suburban Cleveland, in 1992.
The state decision ended his legal options, because the U.S. Supreme Court already denied his attempt to delay execution.
A condemned Ohio killer awaiting execution has spent the past several hours visiting with his parents and talking to friends and family on the phone.
JoEllen Smith, a state prisons department spokeswoman, says death row inmate Gary Otte (OH'-tee) did not sleep overnight ahead of his scheduled Wednesday morning execution for killing two people in back-to-back robberies in 1992.
She says Otte showered early Wednesday, and shortly before 7 a.m. was praying with his parents.
Otte's execution is scheduled for 10 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
Smith said checks of his arms Tuesday indicated his veins were capable of accepting the IV used in lethal injection.
The 45-year-old Otte unsuccessfully argued Ohio's lethal-injection method put him at risk of suffering serious pain.
Ohio is preparing to execute a man convicted of killing two people in back-to-back robberies in suburban Cleveland in 1992.
Death row inmate Gary Otte (OH'-tee) is sentenced to die for the Feb. 12, 1992, killing of Robert Wasikowski (wah-sih-KOW'-skee) and the Feb. 13, 1992, killing of Sharon Kostura in their apartments.
Otte's execution is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
The 45-year-old Otte unsuccessfully argued Ohio's lethal-injection method put him at risk of suffering serious pain from two of the three drugs the state uses. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected his attempt to delay his execution.
The execution would be Ohio's second this year. Ohio put to death a condemned child killer in JulyAssociated Press