Ohio Executes Murderer 25 Years After the Crime

Gary Otte was put to death by lethal injection. An attorney for Otte said stomach movements and the appearance of tears by his eyes during the execution showed that Otte was in pain after being injected with the sedative midazolam, which is being challenged in Ohio.

Ohio executed Gary Otte on Wednesday morning, more than 25 years after he robbed and murdered two people at an apartment complex, Cleveland.com reports. Otte, 45, died by lethal injection. There appeared to be no complications with the execution, which took about 15 minutes. Otte was convicted in 1992 and sentenced to death for robbing and killing Robert Wasikowski, 61, and Sharon Kostura, 45.

An attorney for Otte said stomach movements and the appearance of tears by his eyes during the execution showed that Otte was in pain after being injected with a sedative. The attorney is part of a team challenging the state’s use of the sedative, called midazolam, saying it doesn’t render a patient sufficiently unconscious as to not feel severe pain. Otte was the 55th person the state has executed since it restarted the death penalty in 1999.

from https://thecrimereport.org