Convicted Killer Has Arrived At Prison Where He'll Be Executed

Gary Otte

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned killer of two people has arrived at the southern Ohio prison where the state carries out executions.

Prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says Gary Otte arrived at the Southern Ohio correctional Facility in Lucasville at 9:46 a.m. Tuesday. He's scheduled to die at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals has rejected Otte's arguments that he shouldn't be put to death because at the time of his crime, he was only 20 years old.  The Appeals Court in Cleveland said the request can't be raised under Ohio law, or current federal court rulings.

Otte was convicted of the 1992 killings of Robert Wasikowski and Sharon Kostura. Both slayings took place in Parma.

The state plans to execute the 45-year-old Otte with a lethal combination of three drugs.Smith says that Otte's requested final meal, called the special meal in Ohio, includes a mushroom and swiss cheese hamburger, a quart of Heath Bar ice cream and a slice of banana cream pie.

WTAM 1100's Kathy Davis will be a media witness to the execution.

(Photo courtesy Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)

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