UPDATE: Convicted double-killer put to death

posted by Ken Stevens -

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- The state of Ohio has executed  a man convicted of killing two people in back-to-back robberies in suburban Cleveland.

Death row inmate Gary Otte was sentenced to die for the Feb. 12, 1992, killing of Robert Wasikowski and the Feb. 13, 1992, killing of Sharon Kostura in their apartments.

The execution was carried out Wednesday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

The 45-year-old Otte unsuccessfully argued Ohio's lethal-injection method put him at risk of suffering serious pain from two of the three drugs the state uses.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected his attempt to delay his execution.

The execution was Ohio's second this year, after a three-year hiatus. 

Ohio put to death a condemned child killer in July.

The state's next scheduled execution is for Alva Campbell Jr. He was convicted and sentenced to die for a carjacking and murder in Columbus back in 1997. Campbell's current execution date is November 15, 2017. His clemency hearing is October 12.

(Photo courtesy the Associated Press)

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