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Ohio Killer To Be Put To Death Wednesday Seeks Age Reprieve
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12 Sep 2017 07:04 PM EST

Reuters has reported that Gary Otte was only 20 years old when he shot two residents in the head at a suburban Cleveland apartment complex in 1992, and his lawyers said Tuesday it would be cruel and unusual punishment to execute someone who was that young at the time. The now 45-year-old inmate’s last-minute appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court to halt his Wednesday execution at a Lucasville, Ohio, prison cites an August Kentucky circuit court that ruled as unconstitutional executing inmates younger than 21 at the time of the crime.
Otte’s appeal for a stay argues his execution violates “the Eighth Amendment’s evolving standards of decency based on his status as an adolescent at the time of his offenses.”
If Otte’s appeals fail, the execution would mark Ohio’s second in 2017 following a three-year hiatus because of difficulties obtaining the lethal injection drugs used and legal challenges to that mix.

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