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Scheduled Executions / Re: Jack Gordon Greene - AR - ...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - September 18, 2017, 06:19:51 PM
Arkansas board to hear convicted killer's bid for clemency month before execution date

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Parole Board says it will hear a convicted murderer's bid for clemency just more than a month before he's scheduled to be executed.

The board said Friday it will hold a hearing Oct. 4 on Jack Greene's application for executive clemency. Greene was convicted of killing Sidney Jethro Burnett in 1991 after Burnett and his wife accused Greene of arson.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson last month scheduled Greene's execution for Nov. 9 after the state said it had a new supply of midazolam, one of three drugs the state uses for lethal injection.

In April, the state scheduled eight executions before its previous supply of midazolam expired. Four prisoners were put to death and four other men were spared by the courts.

www.arkansasonline.com
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Keith Leroy Tharpe - GA - ...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - September 13, 2017, 08:22:09 PM
Jones County killer set to be executed, clemency hearing announced

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has set a date to hold a clemency hearing for a Jones County man set to be executed later this month.

Keith Leroy Tharpe was sentenced to death for the 1990 murder of his sister-in-law, Jacquelyn Freeman.

Tharpe shot Freeman three times with a single-shot 12-gauge shotgun. He was convicted of malice murder and kidnapping and was sentenced to death on Jan. 10, 1991.

Tharpe's state and federal appeals have concluded, and clemency will be considered at a 9 a.m. meeting in the board's hearing room on Sept. 25, according to a Wednesday news release from the board.

Tharpe is set to die by lethal injection Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

www.macon.com
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Gary Otte - OH - 9/13/17 -...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - September 13, 2017, 04:42:23 PM
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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Scheduled Executions / Re: Gary Otte - OH - 9/13/17 -...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - September 13, 2017, 04:29:44 PM
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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Scheduled Executions / Re: Gary Otte - OH - 3/15/17
Last post by Londoner77 - September 13, 2017, 03:36:11 PM
Another piece of trash taken out

Lights went out for this scumbag earlier today

Adios scum!
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U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Nebraska State Senator Ern...
Last post by Rick4404 - September 13, 2017, 02:35:12 PM
Senator Ernie Chambers bill didn't even make it to the first stop in the consideration process. The Judiciary Committee of the one-house legislature heard testimony on the bill on March 22 of this year.  The bill is being "pigeonholed" by the Judiciary Committee.  The committee had not taken a vote whether to advance the bill for further consideration or not before this year's legislative session adjourned sine die. 

This means the bill became what is known as a "Carryover Bill," meaning it will be reintroduced for consideration in next year's legislative session, beginning in early January of 2018. 

I honestly don't know what Senator Chambers' problem is.  The people of Nebraska voted overwhelmingly in 2016 to retain the death penalty.  Chambers and his colleagues in the Unicameral Legislature need to abide by the will of the people.  Admittedly, Nebraska has no viable means of carrying out a death sentence right now as the state has been unable to obtain a sufficient quantity of the lethal drugs that are needed to carry out an execution with.

Perhaps Nebraska needs to consider implementing a backup method of execution -- hanging, firing squad, etc. -- if the stalemate continues concerning the state's inability to obtain the lethal drugs necessary to conduct an execution with.  The electric chair is apparently out, given the Nebraska Supreme Court's ruling that it violates the state constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishments.   
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Gary Otte - OH - 9/13/17
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - September 13, 2017, 01:04:09 PM
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...
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Gary Otte - OH - 3/15/17
Last post by deeg - September 12, 2017, 09:57:06 PM
The ambulance is out of gas.  Next.....
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Gary Otte - OH - 9/13/17
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - September 12, 2017, 04:21:07 PM
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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Scheduled Executions / Re: Gary Otte - OH - 9/13/17
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - September 12, 2017, 04:17:38 PM
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
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