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Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Request To Delay Next Execution

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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.

Clare Roth was former All Things Considered Host for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU in February of 2017. After attending the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, she returned to her native Iowa as a producer for Iowa Public Radio.