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Ohio Executes Second Killer Using Three-Drug Mixture, But Attorney Claims Problems

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Gary Otte was put to death for the 1992 murders of Robert Wasikowski and Sharon Kostura of Parma.

Ohio has executed a second convicted killer with a three-drug mixture that was first tried in July. But the condemned inmate’s lawyer says there may have been a problem this time. 

45 year old Gary Otte of Indiana died at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville about 31 minutes after his execution began. Jim Provance of the Toledo Blade has witnessed executions before, including a problematic one in 2006. Provance said Otte apologized for his crimes, sang a hymn, and then didn’t move after the drugs took effect. “But one of his attorneys had the opinion that he was not sufficiently under enough not to experience pain from the second two drugs. So she tried to get a hold of a judge after the process had started, without success.” Otte’s attorney Carol Wright says she believes Otte was suffering from respiratory distress. Otte’s family and relatives of his two victims were among the witnesses but did not speak.

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