Gary Otte - OH - 3/15/17

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Ohio Supreme Court sets execution date for 1992 killer of 2 Parma residents

Ida Lieszkovszky, Northeast Ohio Media Group

September 02, 2015 at 1:14 PM

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday set a March 15, 2017, execution date for an Indiana man guilty in the shooting deaths of two Parma residents during 1992 robberies.

The ruling follows years of appeals by Gary Otte to the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals, federal district courts, the Ohio Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Otte will get a clemency hearing about a month before his execution, and the date of the execution could still be pushed back. 

There are 141 inmates on death row in the state. Otte is now the 24th death row inmate with a scheduled execution date. Executions are supposed to resume in January, provided that the state finds a provider of lethal injection drugs.

Otte, 43, is also part of a pending 2011 lawsuit that argues the lethal injection method used by Ohio is "torturous, lingering, and undignified."

Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor Christopher Schroeder said he spoke to the victims' families, and they were happy to hear the news. He said justice for the families "is long overdue."

On Feb. 12, 1992, Otte asked 61-year-old Robert Wasikowski to use his telephone. When Wasikowski let him into his home at the Pleasant Lake apartment complex, Otte shot him in the head and stole $413.

The next day, Otte forced his way inside the home of 45-year-old Sharon Kostura at the same apartment complex, shot her in the head, and stole $45, her car keys, and her checkbook.

Court records show Otte waived his right to a jury trial, and a three-judge panel found him guilty of multiple counts of aggravated murder and sentenced him to death.

Otte's case has gone through four rounds of appeals, including several to the U.S. Supreme Court, which refused to hear the case.

Cuyahoga County prosecutors asked the Ohio Supreme Court to set an execution date on June 19.

"The prosecuting attorney now asks for the only relief that will bring finality to this case: the setting of an execution date," the motion says.

In a response, assistant federal public defender Joseph Wilhelm argued that there's "no compelling government interest" to execute Otte now, and expressed concern that the death penalty is randomly enforced in Ohio.

"To a casual observer of Ohio's capital sentencing regime it would appear that a coin flip, a lightening strike, or the whim of a decision maker provides the difference between a life sentence and the death penalty for a multiple murderer," Wilhelm wrote.

He also argued the federal civil suit Otte is a part of challenging Ohio's execution methods should be resolved first. The federal defender's office declined to comment.

www.cleveland.com
Vengence is mine saith the Lord...who are we to question the instruments used to carry it out?

Grinning Grim Reaper

Otte is set to be executed by the state of Ohio on September 13, 2017.
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ChevyWolken

Hopefully it's a good sign that these old cases are rollin again in the right direction
Born in Berlin, American at heart

Grinning Grim Reaper

Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Request To Delay Next Execution

The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected death row inmate Gary Otte's request to delay his execution while he pursues an appeal. Otte is scheduled to die next week.

Otte wants the death penalty declared unconstitutional in his case because he was under 21 at the time of the crime. He is also challenging Ohio's lethal injection method in federal court.

Otte was sentenced to die for the February 1992 killings of Robert Wasikowski and Sharon Kostura. Both slayings took place in suburban Cleveland.

Republican Gov. John Kasich had already rejected a request for clemency made by Otte's attorneys.

In July, Ohio carried out its first execution in over three years, killing inmate Ronald Phillips. Phillips tried unsuccessfully to argue that Ohio's lethal injection method was unconstitutional.

www.nbcnews.com

With these appeals this guy is as good as dead.    8)
Vengence is mine saith the Lord...who are we to question the instruments used to carry it out?

Grinning Grim Reaper

And Gary picks his last meal and takes his last road trip...

Parma murder set for execution requests burgers for last meal, moved to prison with Ohio's 'death house'

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 11:17 AM

By Eric Heisig, cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Gary Otte, the man set to be executed by the state of Ohio on Wednesday, has been moved to the prison that contains the state's "death house," and has decided to eat burgers and fried food for his last meal.

Otte, 45, arrived at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility at 9:46 a.m. Tuesday, according to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman JoEllen Smith. His execution is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday.

He requested the following for his last meal, according to Smith:

- 1 slice of tomato & onion

- 3 sliced jalapeno poppers

- 1 mushroom swiss burger

- 1 double cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato

- 4 packets of Miracle Whip mayonnaise

- 2 liter of orange Faygo or Pepsi soda

- 1 quart of Heath Bar ice cream

- 2 servings of mozzarella sticks

- 1 piece of banana cream pie

- 1 glazed donut

- 1 cream-filled donut

Otte will eat his last meal during his visits on Tuesday evening, Smith said.

Otte, of Terre Haute, Indiana shot Robert Wasikowski, a worker for the city of Broadview Heights, in the head after talking his way into the 61-year-old man's apartment on Feb. 12, 1992 at the Pleasant Lake apartment complex in Parma. Otte said he wanted to use Wasikowski's telephone. After shooting Wasikowski, Otte took $413 and left.

The next day, Otte killed Sharon Kostura, a 45-year-old American Greetings employee, after he forced his way into her apartment at the same complex. He then stole $45, Kostura's car keys, and her checkbook.

A three-judge panel, which presided over Otte's trial in lieu of a jury, found Otte guilty of two counts of aggravated murder and other crimes later that year. He received death sentences for both killings in October 1992.

The 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals in Cleveland on Tuesday rejected a challenge Otte made to his case. He had asked the court to strike down Ohio's death penalty law based on a Kentucky judge's opinion, which said executing an inmate who committed a crime when 20 years old or younger is an excessive punishment.

Otte is scheduled to be the second person the state executes this year.

www.cleveland.com
Vengence is mine saith the Lord...who are we to question the instruments used to carry it out?

Grinning Grim Reaper

Otte's appeal questioning the legality of Ohio's LI protocol was shot down today.  His ambulance chaser claims that no more appeals will be filed.

Adios Gary.   8)
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deeg

The ambulance is out of gas.  Next.....
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Grinning Grim Reaper

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

CERTIORARI DENIED OTTE, GARY V. OHIO

The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Kagan and by her referred to the Court is denied. The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.

All over in one hour...
Vengence is mine saith the Lord...who are we to question the instruments used to carry it out?

Londoner77

Another piece of trash taken out

Lights went out for this scumbag earlier today

Adios scum!

Grinning Grim Reaper

Parma murderer Gary Otte dies as Ohio executes second death row inmate this year

LUCASVILLE, Ohio -- The state of Ohio executed Gary Otte on Wednesday morning, more than 25 years after he robbed and murdered two people at a Parma apartment complex.

Otte, 45, of Terre Haute, Indiana, died at 10:54 a.m. by lethal injection in the state's "death house" at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. There appeared to be no complications with the execution.

Otte, strapped to a gurney, breathed heavily for about three minutes. He stopped moving at 10:44 a.m.

He laid still for another eight minutes before a member of the execution team walked in and checked his heartbeat. He was pronounced dead two minutes later.

Otte was convicted in 1992 and sentenced to death for robbing and killing Robert Wasikowski, 61, and Sharon Kostura, 45, in February of that year.

Family members of Wasikowski and Kostura were in the viewing area, watching as Otte took his final breaths. Otte's witnesses were two spiritual advisers, two attorneys and a nurse ready to intervene had complications arose.

In his last statement, Otte said he would like to "profess my love for my family," none of which witnessed his execution. He then said "I'm sorry" to the loved ones of the victims.

He then sang three verses of the gospel hymn "The Greatest Thing" and closed with "Father forgive them, for they don't know what they do. Amen."

Otte spent Tuesday evening visiting with his parents and his attorneys, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said. He did not sleep and spent the rest of the night on the phone, talking with friends.

On Wednesday morning, he again visited with his parents and prayed, Smith said, giving them a hug through prison bars one last time. He then met with his spiritual advisers, again with his attorneys and talked with a friend on the phone. He was also seen singing.

Smith said the meetings were generally emotional but Otte remained in good spirits. Otte took a shower but did not eat the breakfast served to him.

Like many inmates before him, he and his supporters tried their hardest to halt his execution. He waged a series of legal challenges to Ohio's methods of execution and death penalty statute. All were denied, with the latest ruling coming by the Ohio Supreme Court less than two hours before his execution.

The Ohio Parole Board and Gov. John Kasich rejected his arguments that his life should be spared because he was repeatedly bullied as a child. That bullying led to drug and alcohol use and depression, which led him to commit his crimes, his lawyers argued.

The parole board said in February that Otte had a good upbringing with a loving family.

Meanwhile, opponents of the death penalty implored Gov. John Kasich and the state in the days and hours leading up to Otte's execution to intervene and call it off.

Otte was the 55th person the state has executed since it restarted the death penalty in 1999.

Otte, in a letter to Splinter News , blamed the actions that led to his imprisonment and fate on a crack cocaine addiction.

"I took personal responsibility for my life and became accountable for my future actions," Otte wrote in his letter. "I've become a new person through this life giving application. The fears I once operated from have vanished through my reliance on God for all my support.

"I am no longer defined by my past failures, but by God's love."

He was served his last meal of burgers, fried food, ice cream and donuts on Tuesday evening, after visits by his parents and his attorneys. Around midnight, prison guards removed his cheese sticks, string cheese and ice cream, which he requested for his special meal, Smith said.

Otte is the second death row inmate the state has executed this year. Akron child killer Ronald Phillips died by lethal injection in July .

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Vengence is mine saith the Lord...who are we to question the instruments used to carry it out?

Grinning Grim Reaper

Last words and such...

In his last statement, Otte said he would like to "profess my love for my family," none of which witnessed his execution. He then said "I'm sorry" to the loved ones of the victims.  He then sang three verses of the gospel hymn "The Greatest Thing" and closed with "Father forgive them, for they don't know what they do. Amen."

His last meal consisted of 1 slice of tomato & onion, 3 sliced jalapeno poppers, 1 mushroom swiss burger, double cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato, 4 packets of Miracle Whip mayonnaise, 2 liter of orange Faygo or Pepsi soda, 1 quart of Heath Bar ice cream, 2 servings of mozzarella sticks, 1 piece of banana cream pie, 1 glazed donut and 1 cream-filled donut.

Factoids...

Otte was the 2nd condemned murderer executed in Ohio this year and the 55th since executions resumed.
His was the 18th 2017 US execution and the 1460th since 1976.

The skinny...

Otte spent 25 years on death row and got three extra years as Ohio retooled their LI protocol.  He was turned away by the governor and every court in his last days and was lit up at 10:54 AM EDT.

Up next...

Keith Leroy Tharpe is set for execution in Georgia for the 1990 shotgun slaying of Jacqueline Freeman.
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