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Executed - Richard Wade Cooey - Ohio Death Row - Scheduled Execution
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Start : Tuesday 14 October 2008, 12:00
End : Tuesday 14 October 2008, 12:00

Richard Wade Cooey - Ohio Death Row - Scheduled Execution for October 14, 2008

EXECUTED 10:28am

Victims: Dawn McCreery and Wendy Offredo

The Crime: Cooey, then a 19-year-old Army private home on leave, and two friends were throwing objects from an overpass onto vehicles along Interstate 77 in Akron.

A large concrete chunk thrown by one of Cooey's companions struck the car in which McCreery and Offredo were traveling around midnight.

With their car disabled, Cooey presented himself to the stranded young women as a good Samaritan and drove them to a pay telephone to call their parents.

Then, Cooey robbed, raped and beat the women with a nightstick before strangling the pair with a shoelace.

Cooey later bragged to his friends about the murders and was eventually turned in to authorities.

LUCASVILLE -- The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the final appeal, clearing the way for Richard Cooey to be put to death this morning.

The nation's highest court offered no comment. In the appeal Cooey had argued that Ohio's lethal injection combination of three drugs could cause an agonizing and painful death.

The Ohio Attorney General's office says there is nothing now to stop the execution and has delivered that message to the victim's families and the media.

Earlier, Cooey passed two pre-execution exams. The execution, by lethal injection, is set for 10 a.m.

WKYC's Eric Mansfield will be one of the media witnesses to the execution.

Mansfield reports that according to prison staff, Cooey spent until just after midnight eating his last meal and watching some local television. Cooey was given his "special" meal around 4 p.m. It consisted of a T-bone steak with A-1 sauce, french fries, onion rings, hash browns, four eggs over easy, toast with butter, a pint of Rocky Road ice cream, and "real" bear claws from the bakery. Prison staff says Cooey spent much of the early morning pacing and sitting quietly and went to sleep around 4 a.m.

Cooey slept for just over an hour and got up around 5:20 a.m. He showered and declined breakfast. According to prison staff, Cooey tried to make one phone call to a friend but the call didn't go through. He's currently meeting with his lawyer and spiritual advisors in preparation for the execution.

Cooey has repeatedly fought to avoid execution including a legal challenge arguing lethal injection would be inhumane because his obesity would make it difficult to locate a vein. Cooey weighs 270 pounds. Prior to dismissing Cooey's final appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court also turned down without comment that claim.

Corrections spokeswoman Andrea Carson says a detailed exam this morning found a viable vein in each arm.

Cooey is scheduled to die for the killings 22 years ago of two women who were attending the University of Akron.

Ohio executes Cooey
UPDATE: 10:35 AM, Tuesday, October 14, 2008

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LUCASVILLE Ohio has executed a 5-foot-7, 267-pound double murderer who argued he was too fat to die humanely by lethal injection.

Richard Cooey died at 10:28 a.m. Tuesday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

There were no immediate reports of problems finding suitable veins to deliver the deadly chemicals.

His attorneys had argued that his weight problem could make it difficult for prison staff to access a vein. A prisons spokeswoman said earlier that Cooey received a pre-execution exam and was cleared.

Cooey was the first inmate executed in Ohio in more than a year, and the first since the end of an unofficial national moratorium on executions that began last year while the U.S. Supreme Court reviewed Kentucky's lethal injection procedure.

The 41-year-old Cooey killed two University of Akron students in 1986.


Last Meal: T-Bone steak with A-1 sauce, onion rings, french fries, four eggs over easy, buttered toast, a pint of Rocky Road ice cream and bear claws from a real bakery

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 Is Death Row Inmate Too Fat to Die?
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 Clemency Hearing Set For Death Row Inmate Richard Cooey
The Ohio Parole Board will conduct a death penalty clemency hearing next month for inmate Richard Cooey.

The hearing will be held on Aug.25 at 10 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's central office in Columbus. Cooey, 40, was sentenced to death in 1986 for abducting, raping and murdering University of Akron students Wendy Jo Offredo and Dawn McCreery.

Earlier this month the Ohio Supreme Court ordered the warden of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville to carry out Cooey's execution by lethal execution on Oct.14. In May, the Summit County Prosecutor's Office asked Ohio's high court to set an execution date after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the legality of lethal injection in a Kentucky case.

In 2004, Cooey sued the State of Ohio claiming the lethal execution procedure violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

In 2005, Cooey and condemned inmate Maxwell White made a failed escape attempt from death row at Mansfield Correctional Institution.