Ohio’s next execution appears to be on schedule for next week, now that Gov. John Kasich has denied clemency to the condemned killer.
Kasich denied mercy for 45 year old Gary Otte of Indiana, convicted of killing Robert Wasikowski and Sharon Kostura in two days of robberies in Parma in 1992. Otte’s lawyers had claimed severe bullying as a child led to drug abuse and depression, but Kasich agreed with the parole board's unanimous vote siding with the state's argument that Otte had rejected positive paths available to him. Otte is set to be executed September 13. Ronald Phillips’ execution in July was the first in three years, and came after the US Supreme Court upheld Ohio’s three drug mixture. Kasich also announced the November execution of Alva Campbell Jr remains on schedule, but the next three are slightly delayed after a review of the schedule and the court ruling.